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Jan 7, 2015 10:32 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Hampton Bays Fishermen Cited For Exceeding Fluke Limits

Jan 7, 2015 10:32 AM

Two Hampton Bays fishermen were cited late last month by the state Department of Environmental Conservation for exceeding their daily fishing quota while fishing off Hampton Bays.

The fishermen—John Berglin, 56, and his son, Scott Berglin, 25—were approached by DEC officers after returning to the town-owned dock near the Shinnecock Inlet aboard their 60-foot trawler, Mary Elizabeth, on December 22. The boat was found to have 608 pounds of summer flounder, commonly called fluke, aboard. The daily retention limit at the time was just 210 pounds of the species per trip. As of this month, the fishermen would have been allowed to catch up to 1,000 pounds of fluke on a single trip.

The fishermen were cited with a misdemeanor charge of exceeding their fishing limit, which carries a maximum fine of up to $5,000 or one year in jail, according to authorities. They were released with a summons to appear in Southampton Town Justice Court in February.

The fishermen were allowed to keep the 210 pounds of fluke permitted, but the remaining 398 pounds were seized by the DEC and donated to Lighthouse Mission, a food pantry based in Bellport.

Michael Wright

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By watchdog1 (543), Southampton on Jan 7, 15 12:48 PM
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By chief1 (2800), southampton on Jan 7, 15 7:23 PM
What a shame. How does the NYS DEC expect these fisherman to make a living. The fisherman have to provision the boat with enough fuel, ice and manpower to go fishing. Then they need a lawyer to help understand the rules set down by the DEC so they can understand all the laws regulating the catch limits that are set so low that there is no way to make a profit on each trip. Other states like Virginia allow its fisherman to harvest 10,000 lbs of fluke on a trip. Last year the limit was 400 lbs in ...more
By Ernie (88), Hampton Bays on Jan 7, 15 10:19 PM
These guys should be able to take all of the fish that they want, no questions asked.

Who do we think we are to stop them? If we can have fish today we can live well, if this means that in a few years we have no more fish then so be it. This is about the working man, not about the long term preservation of a species that can benefit many many people beyond these ding dongs. Just let them take the fish so they can make some monies!!!
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Jan 8, 15 7:47 AM
If there is no fish in a few more years what will the working man do then? Seems like the fishermen would be out of business.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jan 8, 15 3:33 PM
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Then so be it, it is their right to take all of the fish in the sea if they can get them.

If you want to preserve the fish maybe you should invest your time and resources into either rounding them all up and placing them in some sort of protected enclosure or something along those lines.

Species extinction and ecosystem destruction are natural byproducts of the noble actions of these fishermans
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Jan 9, 15 7:38 AM
HUH? It is their right to ruin everyone's sea? Seriously?

Guess we don't have to worry about pollution anymore...that must be someone's "right" also.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jan 9, 15 11:36 AM
Merry Christmas from the government
By CaptainSig (716), Dutch Harbor on Jan 11, 15 7:08 AM
Making a living off the waters and providing food for families has been a way of life in Hampton Bays for many, many years. Yes, the men had more then the limit but really..........by 9 days!!! Again, government being 'bullies' against the hard working people. I am sure the local fisherman are as concerned about the sea and the bounty it yields and are not going to destroy their livelihood. Not sure if it still goes on but what about the "fishing factories" offshore? Hope the Berglins, father ...more
By leo (19), hampton Bays on Jan 11, 15 2:35 PM
"I am sure the local fisherman are as concerned about the sea and the bounty it yields and are not going to destroy their livelihood"

...there's a lol.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Jan 13, 15 7:33 AM
oh no, I hadn't heard.

all clear now.
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (747), southampton on Jan 14, 15 7:38 AM