After scathing report, NY DEC changes policies on fish seizures, records

One of the main problems highlighted in the report dealt with restitutions. Ms. Leahy Scott’s investigation found DEC officers frequently seized catches when they suspected wrongdoing, such as a haul above the state limit or a lack of proper permits, per their common practice. However, the department failed to reimburse fishermen who were acquitted of charges or won court cases until her investigation began. In one instance, a Montauk fisherman was reimbursed last week after a $1,000 take that the DEC took from his boat. The incident occurred 17 years ago. Read the rest here 12:38

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