NEW BEDFORD — Fishing vessels owned by convicted "Codfather" Carlos Rafael and others are moving out of the shut-down Sector IX, but still won't be allowed to fish.
The 55 vessels have submitted their intention to become part of Sector VII for the 2018-19 fishing year...
NOAA regional administrator John Bullard tells WBSM News that shutting down Sector IX isn't about any kind of sanctions or punitive actions for Carlos Rafael's overfishing scheme, but rather for cleaning up the mess he left behind.
It must be surreal for Mitchell to know his neighbor and predecessor to his position is now his biggest adversary as he tries to stop economic catastrophe for hundreds of New Bedford families, thanks to Bullard.
Representatives of the fishermen and others affected by NOAA's decision to halt commercial groundfishing in Sector IX due to the actions of "The Codfather" Carlos Rafael have crafted a letter explaining why they feel the decision was unjust.