Civil case against ‘Codfather’ settled for $3 million and a divestiture from commercial fishing

NOAA HAS SETTLED its civil case against Carlos Rafael, known as the
NOAA HAS SETTLED its civil case against Carlos Rafael, known as the "Codfather," for $3 million and requirements that Rafael relinquish his permits and divest from his fishing assets. NOAA said the settlement will speed up the return of Rafael's assets to productive use. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MARK ELIAS
NEW BEDFORD – The National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration announced that it had settled the federal civil case against Carlos Rafael and his fishing captains Monday. Under terms of the settlement, Rafael will pay a $3 million penalty, will relinquish his seafood dealer permit issued to Carlos Seafood by Sept. 1, permanently cease all commercial…

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