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Regulation hits LI's commercial fishermen

Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of

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) Photo Credit: Porter Gifford

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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

Mark Phillips is the owner and captain of
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo Credit: Randee Daddona

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

Charlie Weimar, left, and his dad, Chuck, begin
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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
Photo 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)

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

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

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