NY Gov. Hits Hold Button on Commercial Fishing License Overhaul Plan

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday said the state would “hit the pause button” on a planned overhaul of the commercial fishing licensing system, saying regulators need more information and input to get it right.

The state two years ago hired an outside expert to review the system for issuing commercial fishing permits and draw up a list of recommendations for fixing a system many fishermen criticize as broken. Among the recommendations of consultant George Lapointe was requiring fishermen to show income of $15,000 or more for three consecutive years to qualify for their licenses.

Opposition to the recommendation was widespread in hearings last week and when they were first introduced in May.

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