Today the IRS, the U.S. Coast Guard and NOAA combined forces to take down one of the largest fish poachers in the northeast U.S. The overfishing investigation is ongoing and more may be arrested. Carlos Rafael, called “The Codfather” of commercial fishing and owner of Carlos Seafood, Inc. in Massachusetts is accused of lying to federal authorities about the quantities and species of fish harvested by his fleet of boats caught in order to evade quotas aimed at guaranteeing sustainable fisheries. Carlos Seafood is one of the largest seafood companies in the U.S.
Overfishing hurts all of us and is devastating to small businesses that follow the law. CNN covered the story today at http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/26/us/northeast-fishing-business-owner-arrested/index.html
A few years ago federal authorities arrested oystermen for over-harvesting right here at Money Island. Smaller violators are arrested every year in the Delaware Bay and Chesapeake Bay.