Carlos “The Codfather” Rafael’s trial could have huge stakes

Indicted fishing magnate Carlos Rafael controls nearly one-fifth of the harbor’s commercial fleet and had permits worth about $80 million last year, according to public records and local interviews. The size and scope of Rafael’s fishing business indicate a significant chunk of New Bedford’s waterfront economy could be at stake should Rafael stand trial in January 2017. He faces federal charges tied to an alleged, multi-year scheme involving illegally caught fish, bags of cash from a wholesale buyer in New York City and a smuggling operation to Portugal, via Logan International Airport in Boston. An initial survey of Rafael’s fishing permits, vessels and the corporations behind them, along with local data and interviews, provides a glimpse into an operation that has become a flashpoint for broader debates about industry regulation and oversight. Read the article here 09:08

  • Joel Hovanesian

    Carlos Rafael controls nearly one-fifth of the harbor’s commercial fleet and had permits worth about $80 million last year.

    Nope, no consolidation worries with catch shares. Thank you Jane Lubchenco, you disingenuous b!#ch. Time to Brexit from this ENGO perpetrated scam. Wake up people. Stand up for your rights………….
    BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY!.
    When injustice becomes law, rebellion becomes duty!

  • Joel Hovanesian

    Q: If great Britain can have a referendum on a system of control that affects the entire global economy, why can’t New England have a referendum to decide the fate of her fisheries?
    A: Because we are being controlled and governed by the elites who care nothing about anything but their bottom lines. We have lost our nation unless people recognize the threat from within and take action against these tyrants that seek total control.
    Wake up folks.