Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
United States
Subscribe to FIS | Register with FIS | Advertise with FIS | Newsletter | About FIS | Contact us
   


Carlos Rafael, the 'Codfather' of New Bedford, Massachusetts. (Photo: Stock File)

Codfather to forfeit USD 2.59 million and surrender 34 groundfish permits

Click on the flag for more information about United States UNITED STATES
Friday, October 13, 2017, 01:00 (GMT + 9)

Seafood magnate Carlos Rafael, nicknamed The Codfather, must forfeit his USD 2.59 million ownership interest in four vessels and surrender 34 federal groundfish permits involved in his fishing scam before going to prison, as a federal judge has ruled.

US District Court Judge William G. Young’s ruling does not include the vessels 88-foot Athena and the 81-foot Hera II to the list of forfeited vessels because the two boats "have scalloping permits and scalloping is not involved in this wrongdoing."

        

In September, Judge Young sentenced Rafael to 46 months in federal prison, fined him USD 200,000 and ordered three years of supervised release following Rafael's exit from prison.

Rafael also is barred from operating in the commercial fishing industry while incarcerated and during his supervised release.

Judge Young imposed the sentence after Rafael pleaded guilty in March to 23 counts of falsifying fishing quotas, bulk cash smuggling and tax evasion as part of a plea deal with federal prosecutors.

The judge’s ruling resolves one issue — the level and value of Rafael's forfeitures — and will serve as the starting pistol for a flurry of government activity to determine the fate of the 34 surrendered permits.

Carlos Rafael and the end of the pirate fleet.

Another issue to be settled is the question of whether the federal government will approve Rafael's USD 93 million sale of 28 vessels, 42 fishing permits and other assets to Richard and Ray Canastra, owners and operators of the Whaling City Seafood Display Auction in New Bedford.

In this regard, NOAA Regional Administrator John K. Bullard said at the New England Fishery Management Council meetings in September that NOAA would not determine the fate of the surrendered permits until Young ruled on the forfeiture package.

"After careful consideration, the court rules that forfeiture of assets valued at approximately 10 times the maximum guidelines fine, and possibly a bit more, is within the limit of constitutional proportionality in the circumstances of this case," Judge Young wrote in his 16-page ruling.

The ruling also states that Rafael owns and operates one of the largest groundfish fleets in the United States and, for decades, he had continuously ignored and circumvented the regulatory restrictions on commercial fishing applicable to all fishermen.

Young went on to state that Rafael's business strategy was a "systematic fraud" to land more fish without having to buy additional quota on the secondary market.

"He perpetrated one of the largest misreporting schemes identified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration," Young wrote. "While federal quotas for groundfish dropped over the years, Rafael's illegal catch grew, which ultimately gave him a competitive advantage over other hard-working, honest fishermen."
 

Related articles:

- ‘Codfather’ negotiates his fishing fleet sale
- 'Codfather' Rafael receives 46-month sentence


editorial@fis.com
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
New Zealand
Jan 19, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
Minister rejects industry request on footage exempt
Australia
Jan 19, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Krill sound could help estimate its abundance
France
Jan 19, 02:20 (GMT + 9):
Carrefour will not purchase pulse fishing products
Spain
Jan 19, 01:40 (GMT + 9):
Clam fishing ground closed in the Gulf of Cadiz
Canada
Jan 19, 01:10 (GMT + 9):
Bitcoin minery used to develop sustainable aquaulture system
Indonesia
Jan 19, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Indonesia steps up efforts to fight illegal fishing
China
Jan 19, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fishing to be banned in 83 nature reserves in central China
United Kingdom
Jan 19, 00:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Fish farm plan cast adrift as rare marine species found on sea bed
Spain
Jan 18, 23:20 (GMT + 9):
Advances in octopus larval faming improve commercial viability expectations
Spain
Jan 18, 22:20 (GMT + 9):
Calvo launches ambitious 'zero waste' project
China
Jan 18, 22:10 (GMT + 9):
Worrying oil slick impact on fishery recources
Spain
Jan 18, 21:40 (GMT + 9):
All OGAPAC tuna fleet has APR certification
United States
Jan 18, 21:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Alaska Crab Fisheries Achieve Alaska RFM Certification
Chile
Jan 18, 02:40 (GMT + 9):
SUBPESCA extends deadline for submitting observations on fishing grounds
Australia
Jan 18, 02:10 (GMT + 9):
Nanowrinkled antifouling coating could benefit aquaculture and ship sector



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Blue Harvest Fisheries will have new President and CEO
United States Blue Harvest Fisheries announced that its President and CEO, Jeff Davis, will retire this month.
Spain and Portugal defend recovery plan for Iberian sardine
Spain Fisheries authorities from Spain and Portugal participated in a technical meeting with the services of the European Commission, to explain in detail the proposal of a multi-year management plan for the recovery of Iberian sardine prepared by both countries.
General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean to open subregional office in Fuengirola
Spain The General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean will have a sub-regional office for the Western Mediterranean that will be located in the Oceanographic Center of Malaga, in Fuengirola.
Chubut and NGO sign agreement to achieve international shrimp certification
Argentina The Chubut Fisheries Secretariat and CeDePesca have signed a collaboration agreement to work together with the objective of achieving an international sustainability certification for the province's shrimp fishery, together with seven processing companies.
 
Maruha Nichiro Corporation
Nichirei Corporation -Headquarter-
Pesquera El Golfo S.A.
Ventisqueros - Productos del Mar Ventisqueros S.A
Wärtsilä Corporation -Wartsila Group Headquarter-
ITOCHU Corporation -Headquarter-
BAADER - Nordischer Maschinenbau Rud. Baader GmbH+Co.KG (Head Office)
Inmarsat plc - Global Headquarters
Marks & Spencer
Tesco PLC (Supermarket) - Headquarters
Sea Harvest Corporation (PTY) Ltd.
I&J - Irvin & Johnson Holding Company (Pty) Ltd.
Blue Continent Products (Pty) Ltd - (Oceana Group Limited)
Pesquera San Jose S.A.
Nutreco N.V. - Head Office
CNFC China National Fisheries Corporation - Group Headquarters
W. van der Zwan & Zn. B.V.
SMMI - Sunderland Marine Mutual Insurance Co., Ltd. - Headquarters
Icicle Seafoods Inc. -Headquarter-
Starkist Seafood Co. - Headquearters
Trident Seafoods Corp.
American Seafoods Group LLC - Head Office
Marel - Group Headquarters
SalMar ASA - Group Headquarters
Sajo Industries Co., Ltd
Hansung Enterprise Co.,Ltd.
BIM - Irish Sea Fisheries Board (An Bord Iascaigh Mhara)
CEFAS - Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science
COPEINCA ASA - Corporacion Pesquera Inca S.A.C.
Chun Cheng Fishery Enterprise Pte Ltd.
VASEP - Vietnam Association of Seafood Exporters & Producers
Gomes da Costa
Furuno Electric Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
NISSUI - Nippon Suisan Kaisha, Ltd. - Group Headquarters
FAO -Food and Agriculture Organization- Fisheries and Aquaculture Department (Headquarter)
Hagoromo Foods Co., Ltd.
Koden Electronics Co., Ltd. (Headquarters)
A.P. Møller - Maersk A/S - Headquarters
BVQI - Bureau Veritas Quality International (Head Office)
UPS - United Parcel Service, Inc. - Headquarters
Hamburg Süd Group - (Headquearters)
Armadora Pereira S.A. - Group Headquarters
NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Headquarters)
Omega Protein Corporation -Headquarter-
Marona S.A.
Marine Harvest ASA - Headquarters
Marubeni Europe Plc -UK-
Findus Ltd
Icom Inc. (Headquarter)
WWF Centroamerica
Oceana Group Limited
The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. - Headquarters
Friosur S.A. - Headquarters
Cargill, Incorporated - Global Headquarters
Benihana Inc.
Leardini Pescados Ltda
Mitsubishi Corporation Marine Products Depts. D.Team
CJ Corporation  - Group Headquarters
Greenpeace International - The Netherlands
David Suzuki Foundation
Fisheries and Oceans Canada -Communications Branch-
Mitsui & Co.,Ltd - Headquarters
NOREBO Group (former Ocean Trawlers Group)
Natori Co., Ltd.
Carrefour Supermarket - Headquarters
FedEx Corporation -Headquarter-
AKBM - Aker BioMarine ASA
Seafood Choices Alliance -Headquarter-
Austevoll Seafood ASA
Walmart / Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (Supermarket) -Headquarter-
New Japan Radio Co.Ltd (JRC) -Head Office-
Gulfstream JSC
INVE Group - Head Office
Marine Stewardship Council - MSC Worldwide Headquarters
Royal Dutch Shell plc (Headquarter)
Genki Sushi Co.,Ltd -Headquarter-
Iceland Pelagic ehf
AXA Assistance Argentina S.A.
Caterpillar Inc. - Headquarters
Tiger Brands Limited
Morpol ASA - Group Headquarters
SeaChoice
National Geographic Society
AmazonFresh, LLC - AmazonFresh

Copyright 1995 - 2018 Fish Info & Services Co.Ltd| All Rights Reserved.   DISCLAIMER