The bill was sponsored by lawmakers from Long Island.
A new law is designed to protect New York's seagrass beds.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a measure Tuesday that grants state environmental officials the power to develop seagrass management plans to protect areas at risk. The law also would restrict activities that may threaten seagrass beds, such as fishing with motorized gear.
The bill was sponsored by lawmakers from Long Island, where seagrass is vital to the ecosystem of local bays.
It is estimated that seagrass beds have been reduced from 200,000 acres in 1930 to about 22,000 acres now.