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This Nov. 12, 2011 photo released by NOAA and provided by Stephanie Rafael shows fishing boat owner Carlos Rafael in New Bedford, Mass., with an 881-pound tuna. The fish was snared as Rafael's crew set a net to catch bottom-dwelling fish. Federal fishery enforcement agents seized the fish when the crew returned to port. Rafael had tuna permits, but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. They must instead be caught with rod and reel. (AP Photo/NOAA) — AP
The Standard-Times of New Bedford reports ( http://(link tracking not allowed)/uczYap ) the tuna was likely inadvertently snagged as Rafael's crew set a net to catch bottom-dwellers. Federal fishery enforcement agents seized the fish when the crew returned to port Nov. 12. Rafael had tuna permits, but was told catching tuna with a net is illegal. They must instead be caught with rod and reel.
Rafael's fish will be sold overseas. He will likely get a warning and no share of the proceeds if regulators find a violation. Rafael might give up his tuna permits, saying they're apparently worthless.
Originally posted by randomname
this is theft. pure and simple. a warning for accidentally catching a fish with a net? high quality tuna sells for 100's of thousands of dollars in the japanese market.
he just got bullied out of a large amount of cash. i bet he's thinks he's a great citizen.
Originally posted by Phage
reply to post by joyride0187
Illegally taken game, including fish, is always confiscated (released if still alive).
No, the fisherman (poacher) should not be allowed to keep it. "Gee, I didn't know it was illegal."edit on 11/22/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Lemon.Fresh
Reply to post by Phage
But at the same time, the feds should not be making anything off of it.
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