Tag Archives: East End of Long Island

Indians in the Hamptons Stake Claim to a Tiny Eel With a Big Payday

Shinnecock Indians have fished the local waters here on the East End of Long Island since before European settlers first appeared in the 1600s, up through its evolution into the wealthy summer playground known as the Hamptons. So David Taobi Silva, 42, a tribal member who lives on the reservation just outside of Southampton village, says that when he harvests fish locally, he needs no commercial license from New York State’s Department of Environmental Conservation and is exempt from its strict regulations to protect fish populations. But that is not how the state sees it,,, >click to read< 20:40

NY Legislation to Create A Commercial Fishing Advocate and Commercial Fishing Economic Development Program passes

Caitlin +MaireadSenator LaValle said, “The commercial fishing industry is part of the fabric of the East End of Long Island.  It’s essential that we ensure that the industry is adequately represented before state agencies and is provided the proper tools to thrive.  By creating an advocate, fisherman will have a strong voice to assist in the promotion of the industry, and will be part of state economic development plans.” The commercial fishing industry in New York State consists mainly of small or family businesses. (photo,John Derrico)  Read the rest here 13:51