Posted September 28, 2018 04:01:12A few more fishes in this case.
A bill has been introduced in New York state that would require the state’s fishermen to submit to DNA testing when making their catch.
The bill has gained support in the state legislature, where the New York State Assembly has approved it in its first legislative session since the 2016 election.
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Steve Lacey, the founder of the Center for Responsible Fishing and one of the co-authors of the bill.
“There have been lots of times where fishermen have asked for it, but not always in a way that it was in the interest of the public.”
The bill, SB 761, was introduced last month by Assemblyman John Wisniewski (D-Rochester), who said it would help ensure fishermen have to make a fair share of the seafood that goes into their catches.
Lacey says that the legislation is a “good example of the type of fishing that we’re seeing in the industry and we’re going to continue to do that.”
While the bill has garnered support, there are some concerns, including the possibility of some fishermen using the test to test their fish.
Lacy and Wisniewicz say that the bill does not specifically state that they would have to submit the DNA to be tested, and that the testing would be done “in the public interest.”
“I don’t want to give people any reason to do anything wrong,” Wisniwski said.
“I think it’s a good first step.”
The DNA test has been around for some time, but it has not been used to determine the age of a fish.
It is an important tool for a variety of reasons, including a history of false accusations.
“We’re really trying to protect our fishing industry,” Lacey said.
According to the state Department of Health, there were more than 12,000 people who died from the illness between 2011 and 2016.
While most of the cases were linked to eating seafood contaminated with the parasite C. difficile, there have been other cases that have involved other contaminants as well.
The testing of fish and shellfish will continue to be done under the current law, and Wisnsiewicz hopes to have it in place in 2019.
“It’s important to be consistent, and the testing is important to make sure that our fishermen are following the law,” he said.