Associated Fisheries of Maine Says Rafael's Permits Must Go Back into Quota Pool
SEAFOODNEWS.COM [SeafoodNews] May 2, 2017
In a statement today, Maggie Raymond, Executive Director of the Associated Fisheries of Maine, said that NMFS only legal option with Carlos Rafael's permits is to cancel the permits and return them to the quota share pool.
Raymond says "Carlos Rafael’s environmental crime spree, spanning two decades, will finally come to an end. Rafael pled guilty to federal charges of falsifying fish catch reports, conspiracy and tax evasion. He will serve at least four years in jail and will forfeit millions of dollars in fishing assets. For law-abiding fishermen, this day is long overdue."
"While other fishermen were complying with steep reductions in fishing quotas, Rafael decided those rules didn’t apply to him.
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