Fishing entepreneur Carlos Rafael, knows as the Codfather. (Photo: GigstoGo YouTube)
NOAA presents new charges against Codfather
Friday, January 12, 2018, 03:00 (GMT + 9)
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) presented a document in which it adds more sanctions and civil restrictions to businessman Carlos Rafael and several commercial entities related to the New Bedford executive.
The new complaints against the fishing magnate - better known as the Codfather - who is serving a sentence in a federal prison for tax evasion, are related to maneuvers in the scallop fishery and cite 35 violations of federal fishing regulations.
NOAA alleges that Rafael and other "related entities" manipulated the yellowtail sole catch in 2012.
The fisheries authority aims to achieve several objectives, including obtaining USD 983,528 for civil penalties against Rafael and the denial of any request from the employer to obtain permits issued by NOAA under the Magnuson Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act.
In addition, it intends that the company Carlos Seafood Inc. be revoked the permit to sell fish, and seeks the revocation of 38 of the commercial fishing permits given to Rafael, as well as the operating permits issued to two captains of fishing vessels scallop of the entrepreneur.
NOAA also banned Rafael's bottom fishing vessels from operating in November, causing some 80 fishermen to lose their jobs. That measure also caused a major financial loss to the port of New Bedfor, estimated at USD 500,000, according to South Coast Today.
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