By Tom Precious
ALBANY – Gov. Andrew Cuomo, continuing his summer barnstorming around the state, was on Long Island this morning to announce plans to sue the federal government if Washington does not amend fishing restrictions involving flounder.
The Cuomo administration said the U.S. Department of Commerce is using outdated and incomplete information in the formula that goes into determining the size of summer flounder that can be kept by commercial and recreational fishermen. The rules put New York at a disadvantage with neighboring states, Cuomo says; he said flounder size limits can be as high as 21 inches in New York waters compared with as low as 17 inches in some neighboring states.
Had the rules been the same for New York as the other states, New York fishermen would have been able to keep an estimated 4 million pounds of flounder in 2011 compared with the 1.4 million they caught and kept, the administration said.
The governor, up for re-election next year, promised to sue the federal government if the commerce department does not change its flounder policy.
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