In response to "Ease rules on LI fishing businesses" [Opinion, Feb. 19], I'm in favor of economic development, but not at the cost of our oceans.

This issue raises an obvious question: Why should New York State support commercial fishing when it is essentially a group of people entering our collectively owned public waterways, removing wildlife and then profiting from it? Fishermen do not own the oceans.

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Many reports have shown that the world's oceans are overfished. Is Long Island the exception? Are we a society that sees only the economic side of this issue and is not willing to look at the ethical side?

Beth Fiteni, Oyster Bay