Bill Text: NY S07693 | 2019-2020 | General Assembly | Introduced


Bill Title: Relates to the prevention and mitigation of marine and coastal debris; defines terms; requires the department of environmental conservation to prepare and annually update a marine and coastal debris action plan.

Spectrum: Partisan Bill (Democrat 1-0)

Status: (Introduced) 2020-02-07 - REFERRED TO ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION [S07693 Detail]

Download: New_York-2019-S07693-Introduced.html



                STATE OF NEW YORK
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                                          7693

                    IN SENATE

                                    February 7, 2020
                                       ___________

        Introduced  by  Sen.  BROOKS -- read twice and ordered printed, and when
          printed to be committed to the Committee on Environmental Conservation

        AN ACT to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation  to  the
          prevention and mitigation of marine and coastal debris

          The  People of the State of New York, represented in Senate and Assem-
        bly, do enact as follows:

     1    Section 1. Article 13 of the environmental conservation law is amended
     2  by adding a new title 9 to read as follows:
     3                                    TITLE 9
     4             MARINE AND COASTAL DEBRIS PREVENTION AND MITIGATION
     5  Section 13-0901. Declaration of policy.
     6          13-0903. Definitions.
     7          13-0905. Responsibilities of the department.
     8  § 13-0901. Declaration of policy.
     9    It is declared to be the public  policy  of  this  state  to  protect,
    10  preserve  and  restore  its marine and coastal waters and to prevent and
    11  mitigate their despoliation by marine and coastal debris,  in  order  to
    12  maintain  healthy  coastal  and  ocean  ecosystems and the benefits they
    13  provide to communities.
    14  § 13-0903. Definitions.
    15    1. "Marine and coastal debris" shall mean any persistent solid materi-
    16  al that is manufactured or processed, and directly or indirectly, inten-
    17  tionally or unintentionally, disposed of or abandoned in the  waters  of
    18  the  marine and coastal district, including debris that has been dumped,
    19  swept, or blown off commercial and fishing vessels, or stationary  plat-
    20  forms  at  sea, including but not limited to ghost gear, and debris that
    21  has been generated on land and blown, swept, or washed out to marine and
    22  coastal waters.
    23    2. "Ghost gear" shall mean lost or abandoned fishing  gear,  including
    24  fishing  nets,  fishing  lines,  crab pots, shrimp pots, lobster pots or
    25  traps, fish or eel pots, and other commercial and  recreational  fishing
    26  equipment, but shall not include lost or abandoned vessels or structural
    27  components thereof.

         EXPLANATION--Matter in italics (underscored) is new; matter in brackets
                              [ ] is old law to be omitted.
                                                                   LBD07809-01-9

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     1    3.   "Eligible  recipients"  shall  mean  not-for-profit  corporations
     2  located within New York state with the purpose of promoting sport  fish-
     3  ing, increasing participation in recreational angling, increasing public
     4  awareness  and  appreciation  of  aquatic natural resources, encouraging
     5  conservation  of  fisheries  resources, or promoting research related to
     6  sport fishing, recreational angling, or aquatic natural resources.
     7  § 13-0905. Responsibilities of the department.
     8    1. The department shall prepare and annually update a marine and coas-
     9  tal debris action plan. Such plan shall  be  developed  in  consultation
    10  with  relevant  stake holders including, but not limited to, the depart-
    11  ment of state and the office of parks, recreation and historic preserva-
    12  tion, the marine resources  advisory  council  established  pursuant  to
    13  section 13-0350 of this article, local governments, eligible recipients,
    14  holders  of  commercial and recreational fishing licenses, organizations
    15  of sporting enthusiasts and persons concerned with environmental  issues
    16  and animal welfare.
    17    2.  Such  plan shall include an assessment of the extent of marine and
    18  coastal debris and its impact on resources in marine and coastal waters,
    19  shall evaluate and prioritize measures to identify, prevent and mitigate
    20  the impacts of such debris, and shall identify  best  practices  in  the
    21  prevention,  identification and mitigation of marine and coastal debris.
    22  In addition, each annual update shall include information  and  data  on
    23  progress in accomplishing the objectives of the prior year's plan and on
    24  activities  undertaken or supported by the department pursuant to subdi-
    25  visions three and four of this section and any pilot projects  initiated
    26  pursuant to subdivision five of this section.
    27    3.  The department shall: (a) to the extent feasible, make its facili-
    28  ties in communities adjacent to or  within  marine  and  coastal  waters
    29  available  to  organizations  and  entities  involved in identification,
    30  prevention, mitigation and removal and recycling or other remediation of
    31  marine debris to facilitate plan implementation; and (b) to  the  extent
    32  funds  are available therefor, support and assist such organizations and
    33  entities in efforts to implement the plan.
    34    4. The department shall, at a minimum, provide information on  report-
    35  ing  the  location of ghost gear when issuing any commercial license for
    36  fishing in marine and coastal waters, shall publish such information  in
    37  any  department-generated  guide or map for saltwater fishing, and shall
    38  include toll-free numbers and links to websites  of  organizations  that
    39  accept reports of such locations on its website and on any mobile appli-
    40  cation  for  hunting,  fishing and wildlife information supported by the
    41  department.
    42    5. To extent that funds are available for such purposes,  the  depart-
    43  ment  shall provide grants to eligible recipients to operate one or more
    44  pilot projects in each  of  the  following  areas:  (a)  identification,
    45  removal  and, to the extent feasible, recycling of ghost gear; (b) mono-
    46  filament fishing line recycling; and (c) beach debris cleanup.
    47    § 2. Section 13-0503 of the environmental conservation law is  amended
    48  by adding a new subdivision 5 to read as follows:
    49    5.  The  board may advise and assist the department in the exercise of
    50  its responsibilities under title nine of this article.
    51    § 3. Subdivision 1 of section 11-0323 of the  environmental  conserva-
    52  tion  law,  as amended by chapter 330 of the laws of 2014, is amended to
    53  read as follows:
    54    1. The department shall compile and index each year after the adjourn-
    55  ment of the legislature the laws relating to fish and wildlife, as  well
    56  as  invasive  species  (as  defined in section 9-1703 and 9-1710 of this

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     1  chapter), as amended to date. In addition, information on reporting  the
     2  location  of  ghost gear, including toll-free numbers and website links,
     3  shall also be included. Copies of the compilation shall  be  printed  in
     4  pamphlet form of pocket size in the number for which the legislature may
     5  appropriate funds.
     6    §  4.  Subdivision 1 of section 11-0323 of the environmental conserva-
     7  tion law, as separately amended by section 19 of part H  of  chapter  58
     8  and chapter 342 of the laws of 2012, is amended to read as follows:
     9    1. The department shall compile and index each year after the adjourn-
    10  ment  of the legislature the laws relating to fish and wildlife, as well
    11  as invasive species (as defined in section 9-1703 of this  chapter),  as
    12  amended  to  date. In addition, information on reporting the location of
    13  ghost gear, including toll-free numbers and website links, shall also be
    14  included. Copies of the compilation shall be printed in pamphlet form of
    15  pocket size in the number for  which  the  legislature  may  appropriate
    16  funds.
    17    § 5. This act shall take effect immediately; provided, however, that:
    18    (a)  the  initial  marine debris action plan shall be issued not later
    19  than 15 months after the date on which this act shall have become a law;
    20  and
    21    (b) the amendments to subdivision 1 of section 11-0323 of the environ-
    22  mental conservation law made by section  three  of  this  act  shall  be
    23  subject  to the expiration and reversion of such subdivision pursuant to
    24  section 4 of chapter 330 of the laws of 2014, as amended, when upon such
    25  date the provisions of section four of this act shall take effect.
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