Fisherman Forced to Give Up Tuna has History of Violations
November 28, 2011
It turns out that the New Bedford, Massachusetts, commercial scallop fisherman who was forced to give up the 881-pound bluefin tuna he accidentally caught in a net last week has a history of fisheries violations.
In November and August, 2011, Carlos Rafael, an influential New Bedford businessman and New England fisheries industry leader, was busted for having hidden compartments on 2 of his vessels. The Coast Guard estimated that just one of the boats could have illegally generated $3 million this year in illegal scallops.
Raphael owns New Bedford’s largest fleet, estimated at more than 2 dozen active groundfish and scallop boats. He also serves on the board of the Gloucester-based Northeast Seafood Coalition.