This was taken aboard the F/V Mary Elizabeth while fishing for fluke between Montauk and Block Island. It was an extremely calm day, just a few days later there was a tropical storm that we road stern-to for three days all the way down south. During this trip, we were catching a limit of fluke for North Carolina. While the fish can be caught anywhere, they have to be landed in certain states. So you can catch the fish off of New York, but sometimes you have to steam the boat all the way down to North Carolina to offload. It’s not uncommon for boats in New York to buy out of state permits. New York does not allow fishing vessels to land any quantity of fish other than squid. This forces the boats to travel great distances to land fin fish. Permits are extremely expensive and the cost of doing business is ruining many fisherman's livelihoods.
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