Loss of ‘Codfather’ permits could hurt New Bedford

By late morning just before Easter weekend, three fishing vessels lined up at the docks to unload their catch, and they all belonged to one man — the local mogul known as the “Codfather,” Carlos Rafael. “It’s a good haul,” a passing auction worker at the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction said under her breath, as crew members, some still in their orange waterproof bibs, unloaded the ice-packed fish. But now, Rafael’s recent conviction on federal charges that he cheated fishing regulations to boost his profits is putting his many vessels and permits up for grabs — potentially distributing them to ports along the New England coast. That would deliver an economic blow to New Bedford and the people who depend on the business created by Rafael’s fleet. If his permits are seized as expected, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the regulatory agency known as NOAA, could reissue the permits to fishermen elsewhere in the region. “There are a lot more innocent people who could get punished by this,” said Jim Kendall, a former fisherman who runs New Bedford Seafood Consulting. click here to read the story 09:00

One Response to Loss of ‘Codfather’ permits could hurt New Bedford

  1. James Catfish says:

    Rafael’s crimes have had a profound impact on the entire industry.. from inacurate allocations to the fleet,to pricing for product caught by other fisherman, to extra observer and enforcement actions.. his allocations should be distributed to the rest of the fleet and his boats scrapped.. There should also be accountability bestowed on both the captains and the crew.. And if you believe they didnt know what was going on, you are only kidding yourself.. the port of new bedford will be hurt, but so has the REST of the industry..

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