The federal government said it has settled its civil case against a fishing magnate known as “The Codfather,” saying he will never be allowed to return to U.S. fisheries.
Carlos Rafael, based out of New Bedford, Massachusetts, was sentenced to prison for shirking fishing quotas and smuggling profits overseas. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Monday its settlement with Rafael and his fishing captains will clear the way for Rafael’s assets, which are embroiled in litigation, to be divested.
NOAA Fisheries assistant administrator Chris Oliver said the settlement “accomplishes NOAA’s chief objective of permanently removing Mr. Rafael from participation in federal fisheries.”
Rafael’s arrest sent shockwaves through the East Coast fishing industry. He was owner of the one of the largest commercial fishing operations in the country.