$2.2 Million in Assets from “Codfather’s” Vessels and Permits should Fund Groundfish Monitoring Program

Statement from Environmental Defense Fund

October 11, 2017
Matt Smelser, 202.572.3272, msmelser@edf.org

(BOSTON—October 11, 2017) The following is a statement from the Environmental Defense Fund, following today’s decision by Federal District Court Judge William Young.

“The judge’s decision provides $2.2 million that should be used to fund monitoring on groundfish boats in New England to help fishermen and restore trust that this type of crime can never occur again. In addition, it is crucial that NOAA pursue civil remedies to further aid the victims of Carlos Rafael’s crimes, including fishermen, fishing communities and fish stocks.”


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