Tuesday, November 22, 2011

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - #3433 - Feds Confiscate Fisherman's 881 - Pound Bluefin Tuna - The Blaze

First farm food in Nevada was confiscated and bleach poured over it in post #3432, now NOAA conficates tuna in Massachusetts ....


Carlos Rafael is living a 21st century rendition of Hemmingway’s classic “The Old Man and the Sea,” the Cape Cod Times notes, except in this case the sea is the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement.  After the crew on a boat Rafael owns captured a giant bluefin tuna in the waters near Cape Cod, Rafael hoped to the sell the fish and perhaps net a something similar to the $396,000 that a 745-pound specimen sold for at an auction in Tokyo back in January. Rafael’s catch was 881 pounds.  However, the Times reports that Rafael received a rude awakening when his boat sought shelter in Provincetown Harbor on November 12:  “The authorities were waiting. Agents from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Office of Law Enforcement informed him they were confis cating his fish — all 881 pounds of it.  Even though the catch had been declared and the boat had a tuna permit, the rules do not allow fishermen to catch bluefin tuna in a net.  ‘They said it had to be caught with rod and reel,’ a frustrated Rafael said. ‘We didn’t try to hide anything. We did everything by the book. Nobody ever told me we couldn’t catch it with a net.”  Read more........

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