New England Fisheries

Conservation Law Foundation Hosts Teleconference on Sustainable Fisheries in New England

Atlantic cod. (Photo credit: Joachim Muller)

In case you missed it yesterday, Conservation Law Foundation hosted a live teleconference on how New England can build strong, sustainable fisheries, focusing specifically on the Carlos Rafael case – likely the worst case of illegal fishing in the United States.

On March 30 of this year, New Bedford-based fishing magnate Carlos Rafael, “the Codfather,” pled guilty to 28 charges, including conspiracy, false labeling of fish, bulk cash smuggling, tax evasion, and falsifying federal records.

Here in New England, a driving factor behind the success of our coastal economies is the health and sustainability of our local fisheries. So when someone abuses the system as egregiously as Rafael has, it can have far-reaching impacts for the region.

Listen/watch below for details on how the panelists think New England can move beyond Carlos Rafael and achieve the most sustainable fisheries possible.

Teleconference panelists included:

  • Peter Shelley, Conservation Law Foundation
  • Togue Brawn, Downeast Dayboat
  • Patrick Shepard, Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries
  • Megan Herzog, Conservation Law Foundation

We're live with our teleconference on sustainable fisheries. We'll be taking questions so please post yours as comments.

Posted by Conservation Law Foundation on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


Rafael’s sentencing hearing will take place on September 25-26 in Boston, MA. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

For those interested in contacting NOAA Fisheries regarding fisheries management issues in New England or the Carlos Rafael case, you can reach out to:

John Bullard

Regional Manager, NOAA

55 Great Republic Drive

Gloucester, MA 01930




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