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Carlos Rafael’s Fish Fraud Leads to Forfeiture of Vessels, Permits

“Mr. Rafael’s crimes put the health of our fisheries directly in harm’s way, and today’s order helps ensure that he pays a price for that corruption,” said CLF attorney Megan Herzog. “Though this amounts to just a small slice of Mr. Rafael’s assets, it sends a signal that anyone who crosses the line will be held criminally accountable. By reinvesting proceeds associated with this case into stronger monitoring and redistributing Mr. Rafael’s forfeited quota among the fishermen harmed by his egregious crimes, we can begin to turn the page on this dark chapter in New England’s fisheries.”

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Carlos Rafael Sentence Shows Zero Tolerance for Fish Fraud

“The sentence imposed by Judge Young today sends a strong message that systemic abuse of our fishery resources will not be tolerated,” said CLF attorney Megan Herzog. “While others played by the rules, Mr. Rafael showed brazen disregard for fishermen, their families, and the health of our ocean environment. Going forward, it is critical that we implement stronger monitoring and enforcement at sea in order to ensure New England’s fishing industry operates on a level playing field.”

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Join Us for Screening of Documentary Chronicling Struggling Cod Industry April 13
by Amanda Yanchury

On Thursday, April 13, Conservation Law Foundation will host a special screening of “Sacred Cod: The Fight for the Future of America’s Oldest Fishery” at Boston Public Library. The film, which debuts on Discovery the same night, captures the collapse of New England’s iconic cod population, delving into the role of overfishing, the impact of…

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Federal Agency Weakens Protections for Vulnerable Fish Populations

“Before 2006, the New England Fishery Management Council took advantage of legal loopholes that produced disaster for our region’s fish and fishermen, decimating species like Atlantic cod and yellowtail flounder and creating long-term barriers to success for those who make a living in our waters,” said CLF senior counsel Peter Shelley. “It took a concerted effort from CLF and hundreds of community partners to right the ship and provide opportunities for important fish species to repopulate, but today’s decision unravels a decade of progress. By allowing room for more subjectivity and more flexibility within its regulations, NOAA Fisheries has weakened management tools that have been used successfully to restore over thirty fisheries once in severe decline.”

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Another Hard Year Ahead for Cod and Cod Fishermen
by Allison Lorenc

May 1 marked the start of the 2016 fishing year, which means new regulations for New England’s fisheries and fishermen. Just days before the season opening, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) approved new catch limits for the 20 groundfish stocks managed by the agency, including Atlantic cod. The catch limits are part of new…

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This Week on TalkingFish.org – February 26–March 4
by Allison Lorenc

February 26 – One strike and you’re out: Indictment of prominent MA fisherman exposes massive corruption – The criminal arrest and indictment of the region’s largest fisherman, New Bedford’s Carlos Rafael, for multiple charges of fraud, misreporting, tax evasion, and money smuggling should not be used to brush an industry with the tar of his allegedly…