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Fish Talk in the News – Friday, March 31

A common octocoral found on the New England Seamounts forms beautiful spirals as it grows. Image via NOAA Okeanos Explorer Program (2014).

  • On March 7th, fishing industry representatives filed a federal lawsuit challenging the designation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument. This week, environmental groups, including NRDC, Conservation Law Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, and a Maine naturalist Zack Klyver filed a motion to intervene. The Center for Biological Diversity and Zack Klyver are being represented by Earthjustice. At the center of the lawsuit will be the interpretation of the Antiquities Act.
  • Carlos Rafael, New Bedford’s Codfather, pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court yesterday to conspiracy, 23 counts of false labeling and fish indentification, two counts of falsifying records, bulk cash smuggling, and tax evasion. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 27 and he could face up to nearly five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Rafael owns Carlos Seafood, 32 fishing vessels, and 44 permits. It is unclear at this time what will happen to these assets.
  • NOAA announced that the target levels for at-sea monitoring coverage for the 2017 groundfish fishing year will be 16 percent. This is a 2 percent increase from the 2016 fishing year. Sectors will still be responsible for at-sea monitoring costs, but the agency expects to be able to reimburse a portion of those costs.
  • The Boston Fish Pier, which turned 100 year old in 2014, was nominated by the Massachusetts Historical Commission to be added to the National Register of Historic Places. The fish pier is located on the South Boston Waterfront and supports 3,000 jobs as well as three restaurants.

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