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New Bedford fisherman catch -- but cant keep -- 882-pound tuna
Boston Globe ^ | 11/21/2011 | Amanda Cedrone

Posted on 11/21/2011 4:39:29 PM PST by GQuagmire

For one New Bedford fisherman, the big one that got away was the one that was taken away -- by federal fisheries agents.

Carlos Rafael, owner of Carlos Seafood, has 15 boats that hunt for groundfish like haddock and flounder, but they have tuna permits just in case. So when one of his captains called to report that his crew had caught an 882-pound tuna in their trawling gear about a week ago, Rafael thought he would legally be able to sell the fish.

“I called the hotline for tuna to make sure I was doing everything by the books,” he said. “I was not trying to hide anything.”

But when the fishing boat docked in Provincetown, the fish was confiscated by federal agents. Rafael said he didn’t know that tuna must be caught by rod and reel – not by a net – in order to be kept and sold.

(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government
KEYWORDS: fishing; noaa

1 posted on 11/21/2011 4:39:36 PM PST by GQuagmire
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To: GQuagmire

You don’t keep ‘em, you cook ‘em!


2 posted on 11/21/2011 4:40:39 PM PST by dynachrome ("Our forefathers didn't bury their guns. They buried those that tried to take them.")
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To: GQuagmire

I have a feeling some fisheries agents are going to have some really good sushi.


3 posted on 11/21/2011 4:42:21 PM PST by mnehring
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To: GQuagmire
Should have jammed a hook in his mouth...Not too bright...

The message..."Sorry, Charlie".

4 posted on 11/21/2011 4:42:34 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: dynachrome

If you don’t keep your mouth shut, you don’t keep ‘em!


5 posted on 11/21/2011 4:43:14 PM PST by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: GQuagmire

Government...Unexpected????


6 posted on 11/21/2011 4:43:39 PM PST by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: GQuagmire

"Hey! Remember how you had a hankerin' for tuna steaks? Just got off the phone - some schlub thought he could keep his catch!"


7 posted on 11/21/2011 4:43:51 PM PST by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: GQuagmire

Government steals fisherman’s catch of a lifetime, sells it to pay federal debt; proceeds fund government for 40 milliseconds


8 posted on 11/21/2011 4:45:51 PM PST by dufekin (Name our lead enemy: Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Islamofascist terrorist dictator)
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To: mnehring
I have a feeling some fisheries agents are going to have some really good sushi.

I don't know if it'll be really good or not...but there'll be a hell of a lot of it.

9 posted on 11/21/2011 4:47:00 PM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

And NO PICS EVEN! I WANT PICS!


10 posted on 11/21/2011 4:49:36 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: GQuagmire

“I’m going to surrender all my permits. I pay all that money every year,” he said. “Next time I catch [a tuna] I’m going to throw it over the side.”

What he should do is occasionally call the fisheries and report the general location where he saw the last floater.... “a few days ago”.


11 posted on 11/21/2011 4:52:44 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/West 2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.”)
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To: Gator113
“I’m going to surrender all my permits. I pay all that money every year,” he said. “Next time I catch [a tuna] I’m going to throw it over the side.”

No, just carry a heavy-duty rod and a Penn 6/0. When he nets one, voila! - a rod and reel catch.

Just don't try and palm off a spinning rod and 6 lb test. :-)

12 posted on 11/21/2011 4:57:52 PM PST by Oatka (This is the USA, assimilate or evaporate.)
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To: GQuagmire

It’s the new dolphin-safe tuna standards. Even though not on porpoise, dolphins get can caught in huge fish trawling nets, be unable to surface, and drown — and nobody eats poor Flipper so it’s deemed a tragic waste. Still, unless they are banning private nets per se (rather than by type of fish caught), this sounds like overdoing it.


13 posted on 11/21/2011 4:58:22 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (bloodwashed not whitewashed)
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To: GQuagmire

Welcome to democrat hell. In this world, Hemingway would have been more inclined to write Orwell style books.


14 posted on 11/21/2011 4:59:24 PM PST by Track9
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To: COBOL2Java

15 posted on 11/21/2011 5:01:01 PM PST by Colonial Warrior (Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from the rear, or a fool from any direction.)
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To: GQuagmire
Since the fish was already dead, the government will sell the tuna, he said.

Yea, the auction will be held in their office among the employees and agents.

16 posted on 11/21/2011 5:01:38 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: GQuagmire

“You are killing me, fish, the old man thought. But you have a right to. Never have I seen a greater, or more beautiful, or a calmer or more noble thing than you, brother. Come on and kill me. I do not care who kills who.”


17 posted on 11/21/2011 5:05:06 PM PST by x
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To: Blood of Tyrants

When the law is adminstered by criminals there is no justice, mercy or common sense. Let them have their pound of flesh, but not a drop of blood.


18 posted on 11/21/2011 5:05:39 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (Government must be taken back from the thieves who have stolen it.)
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To: Oatka

LOL.... We fish for Halibut where I live.

I actually like the 30 pounders, but some of these monsters can get up to 200#. Those things can take well over an hour to land.... not my kind of fun... too much work. LOL


19 posted on 11/21/2011 5:10:06 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/West 2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.”)
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To: Winstons Julia
"And NO PICS EVEN! I WANT PICS!"


20 posted on 11/21/2011 5:10:11 PM PST by Average Al (Forbidden fruit leads to many jams.)
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To: GQuagmire
This is fisheries regulators and enforcement on the water at work.

If they had to go out and chase someone to make a bust it would never happen. But report yourself and give them everything they need and they will bust you and make an example. ITs all BS! I call it the easy bust syndrome. THey never catch the hard to catch criminals on the water. Those who steal crawfish down here. But anyone who walks into their office and turns themselves in gets fried. it all sucks.

21 posted on 11/21/2011 5:26:13 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Oatka

Uhhhh.... if its 800 lbs. he will spool a 6/0 in about 120 seconds. Better to use and int80 or a shimano 80W to be sure.
With one of my rods.


22 posted on 11/21/2011 5:27:56 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Gator113

We got it all down here in the keys.


23 posted on 11/21/2011 5:29:10 PM PST by rodguy911 (FreeRepublic:Land of the Free because of the Brave--Sarah Palin 2012)
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To: Winstons Julia

24 posted on 11/21/2011 5:33:26 PM PST by McBuff
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To: rodguy911

You lucky bum.

There are days that it drives me crazy that I am not living in an area like yours. It was 28* here last night. Grrrrr


25 posted on 11/21/2011 5:34:18 PM PST by Gator113 (~Just livin' life, my way~.. Newt/West 2012."got a lot swirling around in my head.”)
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To: McBuff

“We’re gonna need a bigger can.”


26 posted on 11/21/2011 5:40:54 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: x

arriving in Spain in March with Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens.[84] Ivens, who was filming The Spanish Earth, wanted Hemingway to replace John Dos Passos as screenwriter who had left the project when his friend José Robles was arrested and later executed.[85] The incident changed Dos Passos’ opinion of the leftist republicans, creating a rift between him and Hemingway, who later spread a rumor that Dos Passos left Spain out of cowardice.[86]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Hemingway


27 posted on 11/21/2011 5:43:37 PM PST by DUMBGRUNT (The best is the enemy of the good!)
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To: x

Hemingway


28 posted on 11/21/2011 5:47:40 PM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: x

and I don’t have to check google


29 posted on 11/21/2011 5:48:12 PM PST by dennisw (I heard the old man laughing What good is a used up world and how could it be worth having-Sting)
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To: GQuagmire
882 lb. fish? In the other thread it was a 800 lb. fish.
Yup, this is indeed a fish story!
30 posted on 11/21/2011 6:06:38 PM PST by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: GQuagmire

Never, ever tell the govt anything. Never, ever admit anything. Never, ever talk to a govt agent. You will get burned.


31 posted on 11/21/2011 6:13:04 PM PST by Scotsman will be Free (11C - Indirect fire, infantry - High angle hell - We will bring you, FIRE)
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To: GQuagmire

He’s been buying tuna permits for 15 boats and he didn’t know the simple regs that dictate no net-caught tuna? I feel sorry for the guy, but frankly that isn’t terribly bright.


32 posted on 11/21/2011 6:19:45 PM PST by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

Yah... Its called “by-catch” and it just always has to go back in the water. Out here on the west coast... There’s the cod trawlers that come up with the odd salmon or halibut in their nets... And over the side they gotta go.

Its painful, especially when the science is overrun by politics in the regulations. But good stewardship means following the rules. The trick is to make sure the rules are based on good science, not politics.


33 posted on 11/21/2011 6:36:09 PM PST by Ramius (personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: GQuagmire


You: Uh, hello... is this the tuna hotline?
Bill: What kind of stupid@$$ question is that? You called me. You don't know who you're calling?
You: Uh, uh... what?
Bill: Can we get some intelligent callers here, please? This guy is too stupid to handle a telephone.
(click!)
You: Hello?
34 posted on 11/21/2011 7:40:12 PM PST by RedCell (Honor thy Father (9/6/07) - Semper Fi / "...it is their duty, to throw off such government...")
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To: Winstons Julia
“We’re gonna need a bigger can.”

Good one. I needed a laugh. Thanks.
35 posted on 11/21/2011 7:45:34 PM PST by Tawiskaro
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To: GQuagmire

How can anyone be against our ever-expanding federal government. They are always so helpful.


36 posted on 11/21/2011 9:09:41 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: GQuagmire; Eric Blair 2084; SheLion; Gabz; Hank Kerchief; 383rr; libertarian27; traviskicks; ...

Isn’t this overdoing the whole tuna-dolphin-net thing just a little?

NOAA Nanny State PING!


37 posted on 11/22/2011 1:36:29 AM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Occupy DC General Assembly: We are Marxist tools. WE ARE MARXIST TOOLS!)
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To: GQuagmire

HI!.. I’m here from the government... I’m here to steal your TUNA..


38 posted on 11/22/2011 8:06:32 AM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
"It’s the new dolphin-safe tuna standards. Even though not on porpoise, dolphins get can caught in huge fish trawling nets, be unable to surface, and drown — and nobody eats poor Flipper so it’s deemed a tragic waste. Still, unless they are banning private nets per se (rather than by type of fish caught), this sounds like overdoing it."

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39 posted on 11/22/2011 10:39:59 AM PST by IYellAtMyTV (Je t'aime, faire du bruit comme le cochon.)
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To: GQuagmire
The fish would have sold for almost $5,000

Must not have been a prime fish.

40 posted on 11/22/2011 11:48:17 PM PST by metesky (Brethren, leave us go amongst them! - Rev. Capt. Samuel Johnston Clayton - Ward Bond, The Searchers)
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