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Part 1, Section 180.3 - Big Bore Air Rifles

This rulemaking is necessary to allow big bore air rifles as legal implements for hunting big game.

Comments will be accepted from December 23, 2015 through February 8, 2016.

Send comments to:
Joe Racette
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 1233-4754

or email comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 1, Section 180 - Big Bore Air Rifles

Part 40, Section 13-0303 and 13-0340-f - Management of Black Sea Bass

This rulemaking is necessary to adopt regulations for the management of black sea bass.

Comments will be accepted from December 16, 2015 through January 30, 2016.

Send comments to:
Karen Graulich
NYSDEC
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Seatauket, NY 11733

or email comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 40, Section 13-0303 and 13-0340-f - Management of Black Sea Bass

Part 43, Section 13-0309 - Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Management

This rulemaking is necessary to amend surfclam regulations to provide consistency with management measures of the Fishery Management Plan.

Comments will be accepted from December 16, 2015 through January 30, 2016.

Send comments to:
Debra Barnes
NYSDEC
205 North Belle Mead Road, Suite 1
East Seatauket, NY 11733

or email comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 43, Section 13-0309 - Atlantic Ocean Surfclam Management

Part 183, Sections 183.1, 183.2 and 183.4 - License Issuing Officers & Part 184, Sections 184.3, 184.4 and 184.6 - Wildlife Rehabilitators

This rulemaking is necessary to establish qualifications for License Issuing Agents and Wildlife Rehabilitators.

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Comments will be accepted from August 26, 2015 through November 24, 2015.

Send comments to:
Joseph Therrien
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

or email comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 183, Sections 183.1, 183.2, and 183.4 - License Issuing Officers & Part 184 Sections 184.3, 184.4 and 184.6 - Wildlife Rehabilitators

Part 6, Sections 6.2 and 6.3 - Fisher Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits and General Trapping Regulations for Furbearers

This rulemaking is necessary to establish, by regulation, certain basic wildlife management tools, including the setting of open areas for trapping fisher and other furbearers.

Comments will be accepted from May 13, 2015 through June 29, 2015.

Send comments to:
Michael Schiavone
NYSDEC
625 Broadway
Albany, NY 12233

or e-mail comments to: Proposed Rulemaking Part 6, Sections 6.2 and 6.3 - Fisher Trapping Seasons and Bag Limits and General Trapping Regulations for Furbearers

Emergency Regulations

Part 49, Section 49.1 - Bay Scallops (Argopecten irradians)

This rulemaking is necessary to provide additional harvesting opportunities to commercial bay scallop harvesters due to extreme winter conditions this year.

Adopted on March 27, 2015. Expires: June 25, 2015.

Recently Adopted Regulations

Parts 10, 18, 19 and 35 - Sportfishing Regulations;Taking Bait; Use of Bait, Fish for Bait, and Bait Fish; Licenses

This rulemaking was necessary to revise sportfishing regulations and associated activities including the commercial collection, sale and use of baitfish.

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Adopted on March 11, 2015. Effective April 1, 2015.

Part 40, Section 40.7 - Coastal Sharks - Open Seasons, Size and Catch Limits

This rulemaking is necessary to make state regulations consistent with federal rules and maintain compliance with the ASMFC Interstate FMP for coastal sharks.

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Adopted on April 22, 2015. Effective April 22, 2015.

Part 44, Section 44.1 - Lobsters

This rulemaking was necessary to implement ASMFC American Lobster Fishery Management Plan Addendum XVII and allow the lobster stock to rebuild.

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Adopted on May 6, 2015. Effective May 6, 2015.

Part 1, Section 1.40 - Hunting Wild Turkey

This rulemaking is necessary to amend wild turkey hunting regulations to revise the fall hunting season structure (season zones, season length, bag limit).

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Adopted on July 22, 2015. Effective July 22, 2015.

Part 1, Sections 1.11 and 1.30 - Deer Hunting Seasons and Deer Management Assistance Permits

This rulemaking is to establish, or authorize the department to establish by regulation, certain basic wildlife management tools, including the setting of open areas, and restrictions on methods of take and possession.

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Adopted on August 5, 2015. Effective August 5, 2015.

Part 10 - Sportfishing Regulations and Part 40 - Marine Fish (Striped Bass)

This rulemaking is necessary to reduce fishing mortality of striped bass to promote stable fish populations, and to remain in compliance with the ASMFC FMP.

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Adopted on August 5, 2015. Effective August 5, 2015.

Part 40, Section 1 - Recreational Harvest of Black Sea Bass

This rulemaking is necessary to reduce recreational black sea bass harvest by 33% by increasing the fish minimum size to 14 inches.

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Adopted on October 7, 2015. Effective October 7, 2015

Part 10 Sections 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 and 10.4 - Sportfishing and Associated Activities

This rulemaking is to amend and update the Department of Environmental Conservation's (department) general regulations governing sportfishing.

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Adopted on January 6, 2016. Effective January 6, 2016

Part 41, Sections 11-0303, 11-0307 and 13-0319 - Sanitary Condition of Shellfish Lands

This rulemaking is to reclassify shellfish lands to prohibit the harvest of shellfish.

  • Text of Adopted Regulation - Underlines contained in the text of the express terms denote new material. Brackets [ ] indicate material to be deleted.

Adopted on February 23, 2016. Effective: February 23, 2016.


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