I tend to disagree slightly with this statement. Surf fishermen are concerned with the preservation of not only the shoreline but also the fish and other aquatic wildlife in the area. Surfers currently are only interested in the preservation of access rights to the shoreline, not preservation as a whole. This is based on my experience with both groups.The surfers have just as much of a right to the ocean as fisherman. One thing i would like to point out is that conditions that favor surfing are also generally unfavorable to surf fishing. (ie. offshore wind, low tide, large swell) the only time that surfers would even go to this spot is when the wind is south and the rest of Montauk has onshore winds (more favorable for fishing). So logically when the North Bar is ideal for fishing somewhere else is surely to be better for surfing and vice versa. There shouldn't be so much conflict. Both user groups have common interests in conservation of our shoreline.