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Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of (Credit: Porter Gifford)

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)

Regulation hits LI's commercial fishermen

A federal quota system is driving some of Long Island's 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.

Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

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)

Mark Phillips, owner and captain of the fishing
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

Mark Phillips, owner and captain of the fishing vessel Illusion, prepares, with the help of his crew, to leave Fairhaven, Mass., for a 10-day fishing trip to Georges Bank. Phillips docks his boat in Fairhaven rather than his home port of Greenport because of burdensome New York State fishing regulations. (Jan. 14, 2012)

Mark Phillips, owner and captain of the fishing
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

Mark Phillips, owner and captain of the fishing vessel Illusion, leaves Fairhaven, Mass., for a 10-day fishing trip to Georges Bank. Phillips docks his boat in Fairhaven, rather than his home port of Greenport because of burdensome New York State fishing regulations. (Jan. 14, 2012)

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Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

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)

Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

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)

The fishing vessel Illusion leaves Fairhaven, Mass., for
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

The fishing vessel Illusion leaves Fairhaven, Mass., for a 10-day fishing trip to Georges Bank. Mark Phillips, the boat's owner and captain, docks his boat in Fairhaven rather than his home port of Greenport because of burdensome New York State fishing regulations. (Jan. 14, 2012)

The fishing vessel Illusion leaves Fairhaven, Mass., for
(Credit: Porter Gifford)

The fishing vessel Illusion leaves Fairhaven, Mass., for a 10-day fishing trip to Georges Bank. Mark Phillips, the boat's owner and captain, docks his boat in Fairhaven rather than his home port of Greenport because of burdensome New York State fishing regulations. (Jan. 14, 2012)

The Rianda S, a trawler, arrives at Montauk
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

The Rianda S, a trawler, arrives at Montauk with the fresh catch of the day. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Charlie Weimar, left, and his dad, Chuck, begin
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Charlie Weimar, left, and his dad, Chuck, begin the unloading of fish that were caught on the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Chuck Weimar mans the net on the Rianda
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Chuck Weimar mans the net on the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Father and son, Chuck and Charlie Weimar, on
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Father and son, Chuck and Charlie Weimar, on board the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Charlie Weimar tags a fish that was caught
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Charlie Weimar tags a fish that was caught on the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk. (Jan. 16, 2012)

Father and son, Chuck and Charlie Weimar, tag
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Father and son, Chuck and Charlie Weimar, tag the crates of fish including Scup, Scallop, Fluke, Blue Fish, Whiting and Squid that were caught off the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk (Jan. 16, 2012)

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Empty boxes get loaded back on board the
(Credit: Randee Daddona)

Empty boxes get loaded back on board the Rianda S, a trawler from Montauk. (Jan. 16, 2012)

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