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Jun 29, 2010 2:25 PMPublication: The East Hampton Press

Fishing protest on hold

Jun 29, 2010 2:25 PM

The East Hampton Baymen’s Association has indefinitely postponed a protest planned for last Saturday morning, citing fears that it could interfere with a legal case involving two of East Hampton’s most prominent baymen.

Daniel and Paul Lester were charged earlier this year with several felony and misdemeanor charges related to the sale of summer flounder and porgies out of season or with incorrect permits dating back as far as 2007.

Their attorney, Daniel Rodgers, has said that he would like to see the case go to trial. The brothers were due back in court last Thursday, June 24, but their court date was postponed for the third time, to August 5.

The Baymen’s Association had planned to join with about 20 community members who did not have commercial fishing permits, who would each catch three porgies and put them in shipping cartons bound for the Fulton Fish Market at a packing house behind Stuart’s Seafood Market in Amagansett.

The fact that the protest was to involve people who weren’t commercial fishermen underscores the major problem facing fishermen today—many local commercial fishermen have already been cited by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation as restrictions on fishing in New York waters have tightened in recent years, leaving them worried that they could lose their licenses and could no longer be able to feed their families if they were to take part in the protest.

Baymen’s Association member Arnold Leo said that the group may still hold the protest, depending on the outcome of the Lester brothers’ case.

“If Danny and Paul Lester were fined a lot of money or had their commercial licenses taken away, that would be the time to have a civil disobedience,” he said.

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