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Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of the fishing vessel Illusion. Phillips docks his boat in Fairhaven, Mass., rather than his home port of Greenport because of burdensome New York State fishing regulations. (Jan. 14, 2012)(Credit: Porter Gifford)

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Regulation hits LI's commercial fishermen

A federal quota system is driving some of Long Islands commercial fishermen to unload their crucial catch of summer flounder in other states, costing them time and money. Commercial fishermen are a hardy breed of small businessmen. But their struggle against what they deem intrusive and unfair government regulation echoes complaints about regulation by small businesspeople on Long Island of every stripe.