Long Island Fishermen Reimbursed for Seized Catch
February 26, 2013
Newsday.com: A 3rd-generation Greenport fisherman and a longtime fishing clan from Amagansett have received reimbursement checks from New York State following seizures in enforcement actions they said were unconstitutional.
The fishermen had argued that the state Department of Environmental Conservation had deprived them of their right to due process when it confiscated and sold their fish before a trial, keeping proceeds even if defendants were found not guilty or pleaded to significantly lesser charges. In July, the DEC suspended the seizure practice pending a review.