Oct 23, 2013

Governor signs Eurasian boar legislation

Albany - 21 October 2013

Governor signs Eurasian boar legislation

BILL NUMBER: S5733 (same as  A3767A)

Title of Bill:

An act to amend the environmental conservation law, in relation to the sale, distribution, transport and trade of Eurasian boars

Summary of provisions:

Section 1 amends Environmental Conservation Law (ECL) § 110103(29) to delete the term swine from the definition of a captive bred North American big game mammal.

Section 2 adds a new ECL § 11-0514 to provide a definition of "Eurasian boar" and specifically exclude from the definition domesticated pigs. This section would also, (i) immediately prohibit the importation, breeding or release to the wild of Eurasian boar, (ii) prohibit the possession, sale, distribution or transportation of Eurasian boar - effective on September 1, 2015, and (iii) authorize the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) to adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement and administer this section.

To read the entire bill, including its Statement in Support, visit S5733-2013 - NY Senate Open Legislation at



Oct 23, 2013

NYS DEC publishes proposed rules on Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species

23 October 2013 - Albany

PROPOSED REGULATION:  6 NYCRR Part 575 Prohibited and Regulated Invasive Species

Invasive species are having a detrimental effect upon the State's natural communities and systems by out-competing native species, including threatened and endangered species, diminishing biological diversity, altering community structure and, in some cases, changing ecosystem processes. To reverse this trend, the proposed regulations were developed by the Department Of Environmental Conservation, in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture and Markets. These regulations, once implemented, are expected to help control invasive species, a form of biological pollution, by reducing the introduction of new and spread of existing populations, thereby having a positive impact on the environment.

Description of the rule:

The proposed regulations include a list of prohibited species which shall be unlawful to knowingly possess with the intent to sell, import, purchase, transport or introduce; a list of regulated species which shall be legal to possess, sell, purchase, propagate and transport but may not be knowingly introduced into a free-living state; and require a permit for research, education and other approved activities involving prohibited species and release of regulated species into a free-living state. The rulemaking also specifies the criteria used in making such classifications and a means for future classification of species. The proposed regulations also establish grace periods for certain prohibited species to allow businesses to plan the management of existing stock. For individual species assessments, please see the Links Leaving DEC's Website section of the right column.

Details of the rule development process and public participation process:

The Department filed a Proposed Rule Making with the Department of State to amend 6 NYCRR by promulgating a new Part 575 pertaining to invasive species. The proposed regulations will be published in the State Register on October 23, 2013. A sixty day public comment period will begin on October 23, 2013 and continue through December 23, 2013. Public hearings will be held at four locations across New York State.

For details on the rule making process, please visit the DEC website at:

A list of non-native animal risk assessments can be found on the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse website on its Non-Native Animal Species Invasiveness Assessment page.

A list of non-native plant risk assessments can be found on the NY Invasive Species Clearinghouse website on its Non-Native Plant Species Invasiveness Assessment page


Oct 3, 2013

Round goby found in Susquehanna River

Angler Discovers Dead Round Gobi in Upper Susquehanna River

In mid-September an angler found a dead, floating round goby in the Susquehanna River at the Rock Bottom Dam in Binghamton, NY.  David Lemon, Region 7 Fisheries Manager for NYSDEC confirmed the ID and that the 125mm long specimen was likely used for bait as puncture wounds, likely made by a hook, were found on the fish's cheek and inside its mouth. Inspection of the goby's stomach indicated that its last meal was zebra mussels.

For more information contact:

Matthew K. Shank
Aquatic Biologist
Susquehanna River Basin Commission
717-238-0426 Ext. 1113