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LI fishermen debate striped bass regulations

Arnold Leo, fisheries consultant for the Town of

Arnold Leo, fisheries consultant for the Town of East Hampton, addresses the board about his views on supporting the proposal to expand commercial fishing of striped bass. (July 21, 2010) Credit: Jessica Rotkiewicz

Tensions flared over one of the Atlantic coast's most prized sport fish last night in East Setauket as Long Island fisherman argued over a proposal to increase commercial fishermen's share of the striped bass harvest.

Recreational fishermen fear opening up the commercial fishery could jeopardize gains made over the past two decades, as conservation measures brought stripers back from the brink of collapse because of overfishing.

>> Read Jennifer Smith's full story

Arnold Leo, fisheries consultant for the Town of East Hampton, addresses the board about his views on supporting the proposal to expand commercial fishing of striped bass. (July 21, 2010)

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