Public Input on Fishing Regulations
Obtaining public input on fishing regulation changes being considered is often accomplished by NYSDEC in two different steps:
A principal and required step is for all fishing regulation changes to adhere to and move through the State's formal rule making process. This includes a formal public comment period (often with a minimum of 45 days), providing people the opportunity to submit formal comments on the proposed regulations. At the end of the comment period, the DEC reviews the comments, and if appropriate, submits a Final Rule Making package (perhaps modified) to the Department of State, adopting the regulations. Any proposed regulations that are currently within this process are listed under "Fishing Regulations that have been Formally Proposed."
In addition to moving proposed regulation changes through the State's Rule Making process, DEC often precedes this process by notifying the public of ideas being considered for changes to the current fishing regulations. Obtaining public feedback during this earlier and informal phase helps DEC gauge public interest and concerns about the regulations being initially considered. It is important to keep in mind that these are only ideas that may or may not be formally proposed at a later time. Any currently proposed regulations that are currently within this process are listed under "Fishing Regulation Ideas that DEC is Considering."
Fishing Regulations That Have Been Recently Adopted
Parts 10 and 35 - Sportfishing Regulations
The Parts 10 and 35 - Sportfishing Regulations were adopted on August 1, 2012 and will go into effect on October 1, 2012.