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Coast Guard: Two illegally fished for stripers

Two recreational fishermen were issued violations Sunday for Atlantic striped bass fishing in the "exclusive economic zone" south of Fire Island Inlet, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Striped bass fishing, allowed closer to shore, is prohibited in the zone from 3 to 200 miles offshore. That's per a 2007 presidential executive order issued with an eye "to conserve striped bass and red drum for the recreational, economic, and environmental benefit of the present and future generations of Americans."

Coast Guard law enforcement crews routinely conduct boat boardings, "and are currently placing an emphasis on the protection of the Atlantic striped bass against commercial and recreational fishing" within the prohibited area, the Coast Guard said Tuesday in a news release.

The Coast Guard did not identify the fishermen in the release.


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