State releases Ocean Action Plan for LI waters
The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced a new plan to clean up the waters around Long Island.
The Ocean Action Plan will focus on protecting the ocean and its marine life. It includes restoring sea grass habitat for fish, shellfish, birds and sea turtles; promoting economic growth that is sustainable; reducing fish caught inadvertently during commercial fishing; and preparing for rising sea levels and climate change.
Roger Tollefsen, of the Long Island Seafood Council, says fishermen have suffered from fishing quotas that are not based on science. He says the plan is a good start, but the state should listen more to people who spend their lives on the water.
"Let's somehow get the fisherman to contribute the wealth of information they have accumulated for generations," Tollefsen told News 12.
Four public meetings are scheduled for February to discuss the Ocean Action Plan.