Welcome to FIS   Sponsored By
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


[email protected]
www.fis.com


 Print


Click to know how to advertise in FIS
MORE NEWS
Seychelles
Feb 23, 23:40 (GMT + 9):
Seychelles announces creation of two new marine protected areas
Russian Federation
Feb 23, 23:00 (GMT + 9):
Red Crab King fishery achieves MSC certification
South Korea
Feb 23, 22:50 (GMT + 9):
South Korea will appeal WTO decision on Japanese seafood import ban
Chile
Feb 23, 21:50 (GMT + 9):
Good prices and lower costs triggered profits of AquaChile
United States
Feb 23, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - White Castle Lures Cravers With Return Of The Seafood Crab Cake Slider And Shrimp Nibblers®
Republic of Ireland
Feb 23, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Burren Smokehouse recognised as Green Seafood Business of the Year
Viet Nam
Feb 23, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Exports of tra fish to UK increase
Canada
Feb 23, 03:00 (GMT + 9):
Enterra receives more authorizations to sell insect ingredients for aquaculture feed
Spain
Feb 23, 02:50 (GMT + 9):
EUR 17 million allocated to support innovation in fisheries and aquaculture sector
Canada
Feb 23, 02:30 (GMT + 9):
Clearwater considering legal actions over surf clam quota allocation
United States
Feb 23, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - A & A Finest Recalls Frozen Pork and Shrimp Dumpling Products due to Misbranding and an Undeclared Allergen
Jamaica
Feb 23, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Resilience of Fishing Communities Being Strengthened
New Zealand
Feb 23, 02:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - 'Huge concerns' at fishing bycatch error - Forest and Bird
Spain
Feb 23, 01:20 (GMT + 9):
MPAs should be 'a tool of management and not an end'
Russian Federation
Feb 23, 01:00 (GMT + 9):
IN BRIEF - Russian red king crab fishery is MSC certified in world first



Lenguaje
FEATURED EVENTS
  
TOP STORIES
Higher exports of live lobsters to Asia offset fall in sales to Europe
United States Two thirds of the live lobsters that the United States exported last year went to Asia, a percentage that reflects a growth of 36 percent year-on-year.
UN information exchange tool supports fisheries sustainability
Worldwide It is estimated that the global seafood trade is worth USD 140 billion, but overfishing and illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing are putting the health of fisheries and ocean ecosystems at high risk.
Euro-Moroccan commission relies on favorable ruling by CJEU on EU-Morocco fishing agreement
European Union The EU-Moroccan Mixed Commission of Fisheries Professionals has warned of the damage and the negative socio-economic impact that an unfavorable resolution of the CJEU would have on both parties in relation to the current fishing protocol between the EU and Morocco.
Nine more stocks than in 2017 are now fished at sustainable levels
European Union Fishing businesses in the Atlantic, North Sea and Baltic Sea are enjoying a record on profits, due to a solid recovery of popular fish stocks which were severely depleted some years ago, claims the European Commission.
 
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