Friday, July 24, 2009

New York's Attorney General Fights for Long Island's Fisherman

Photo (Lexi Van de Walle): Oaklands Marina, Hampton Bays 2008 Fish Tournament Standings - An Impressive 11 Pound Fluke

I have to say I'm not big into lawsuits as a means to settle disputes. However, from all I've been reading recently about the regulations on recreational fluke fishing on Long Island, the laws present an unfair disadvantage to New York's fluke fisherman versus other states on the Eastern Seaboard.

I also advocate protecting at risk species in our fragile oceans, but from what I understand fluke are not endangered and certainly the state limits set by federal Department of Commerce seem arbitrary.

According to press release from Andrew Cuomo, New York State Attorney General's office,
"an angler based on the New York side of Raritan Bay can land a maximum of two fluke per day that must reach 21 inches, over a 78-day season. In contrast, an angler based on the New Jersey side of the Bay, fishing for essentially the same fish, can land up to six fluke per day that only have to be 18 inches long, over a 101-day season."

Kudos to our attorney general for recognizing these laws are not benefitting the fish and are just hurting the fishermen. To read more on Long Island fluke and delicious recipes, check out some recent posts.

ATTORNEY GENERAL CUOMO ESCALATES FIGHT TO OVERTURN ILLEGAL FLUKE REGULATIONS THAT BURDEN NEW YORK’S ANGLERS AND THREATEN STATE’S RECREATIONAL FISHING INDUSTRY

Federal and State Regulations Based on Obsolete Science; Illegal Regulations Harm New York Summer Flounder Anglers and Fishing Industry While Benefiting Those of Neighboring States

NEW YORK, NY (July 24, 2009) – Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo today announced a second lawsuit against the federal Department of Commerce (DOC) and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) for violating federal law in adopting 2009 limits on recreational catches of summer flounder – commonly referred to as “fluke.” The suit – which follows on the heels of a similar, pending suit brought last year – escalates Cuomo’s fight against regulations that harm New York’s anglers and recreational fishing industry, without benefiting the long-term health of these popular sport fish.

“New York’s fishing industry is drowning under the weight of arbitrary and ineffective fluke regulations,” said Attorney General Cuomo. “By relying on indisputably obsolete science, the federal government and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission are subjecting New York to limits that not only discriminate against New York anglers, but fail to properly protect the fishery. Today’s lawsuit escalates the fight to protect New York’s recreational anglers and fishing industry against discriminatory and illegal regulations.” MORE

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