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Rafael’s boats for sale Photo: Brendan Borrell, Hakai Magazine
Carlos Rafael, a New England fishing captain who is currently serving time in federal prison for massive fishing and tax fraud violations and for smuggling the proceeds out of the country, settled his civil fraud violations with the National Marine Fisheries Service, including more than $3 million in fines and a lifetime fishing ban. As a result, Raphael will have to sell all his interests — his boats, including the fishing permits that go with them. But under the terms of the settlement, Rafael may keep the proceeds — he is “marketing his fleet to the highest bidder” — and according to the Cape Cod Times, he stands to walk away with millions.
That result is not sitting well with the fishermen who paid the price for Rafael’s years of overharvesting. Hank Soule, of Sustainable Harvest in Portland, Maine. told the Cape Cod Times, “Our position three years ago was that, in the groundfish case, Rafael had displayed such wanton disregard for conservation rules that they should revoke all his groundfish permits.”
ABC News reports that there is a creeping underground invasion of our coasts, and it is moving inland much faster than had been previously thought, according to new research funded by the National Science Foundation. The stealth invader? Saltwater, which is infiltrating our coastal communities and creating unseen risks well in advance of the surface floods that drown our homes and businesses.
Why this Matters: This problem will become more and more common as climate change continues, causing widespread displacement across the world.
by Amy Lupica, ODP Contributing Writer According to a 2020 U.N. environmental report, seagrass “prairies” play a massive role in the health of the world’s oceans and if nothing is done to stop their decline, the world will face serious consequences. Seagrasses support rich biodiversity that sustains a whopping 20% of the world’s fisheries, and […]
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