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Update August 21, 2013- Despite the PEP Captain claiming that they were enforcing rules to prevent the fishermen from setting up disgusting mini-fisheries and bait shops on the esplanade we snapped these photos 2o yards from the PEP office. Note the illegally parked powered bike and fish guts in bags.
Viewers have sent in comments concerned about the northward migration of the fishermen on the esplanade. They used to aggregate only south of the South Cove, but now are all the way up by Rector Place. Captain of the parks patrol, Ed Falcon, explained, “There is no law against it, but we are working with them to make sure they do not litter or cast their hooks near pedestrians.”
Some viewers have speculated that the fisherman are not recreational fishermen at all, but rather catching fish to sell in markets in Chinatown. That would make their activity illegal.
The fishing rods also impede the path of bikers and joggers. Who would be liable if an accident occurred?
However, the opposition to the fishing is mostly rooted in the unsightly bloody bait and mess made on the esplanade. BatteryPark.TV caught these scenes, below, of a shark being stomped to death by a fisherman, to the horror of onlookers.