Man catches 881lbs tuna but feds take it

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Nov 22, 2011
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    A Massachusetts fisherman pulled in an 881-pound tuna this week only to have the federal authorities take it away. It sounds like a libertarian twist on the classic novella by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea, but for Carlos Rafael, the saga is completely true.

    Rafael and his crew were using nets to catch bottom-dwellers when they inadvertently snagged the giant tuna. However, federal fishery enforcement agents took control of the behemoth when the boat returned to port. The reason for the seizure was procedural: While Rafael had the appropriate permits, fishermen are only allowed to catch tuna with a rod and reel.

    It would seem that unlike the fictional New England shark hunters in Jaws, Rafael didn't need a bigger boat, just a better permit.



    In an interview with the Standard-Times of New Bedford, Rafael disputes the claims from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) enforcement division that the humungous tuna was trawled from the bottom of the Atlantic. "They didn't catch that fish on the bottom," he said. "They probably got it in the mid-water when they were setting out and it just got corralled in the net. That only happens once in a blue moon."

    And while Rafael is denied the mother of all fish stories, the federal impoundment of his catch also means he's probably losing out on a giant payday. A 754-pound tuna recently sold for nearly $396,000. NOAA regulators do not share any of the proceeds from the fish's eventual sale with a fisherman found in violation of federal rules.

    "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."

    Rafael says he has meticulously prepared for a giant catch like this, purchasing 15 tuna permits over the past four years for his groundfish boats. He even immediately called a "bluefin tuna hot line" (yes, such things exist) to report his catch. "I wanted to sell the fish while it was fresh instead of letting it age on the boat," he said. "It was a beautiful fish."

    Proceeds of the sale from the fish will be held in an account until the case is resolved, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Office of Law Enforcement. "The matter is still under investigation," said Monica Allen, deputy director with NOAA Fisheries public affairs. "If it's determined that there has been a violation, the money will go into the asset forfeiture fund.

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    Huh... Now the feds are stealing fish as well? D=
    Well, one heck of an expensive fish tho...
     
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    This is kinda ridiculous, they should just let him have his fucken fish.
     
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    they probably took that fish & had big police fish fry lol. :ha: (laughed at the guy driving away)
    dam im hungry. :creep:
     
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    Wow... just wow that's amazing.
     
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    He no keep the fish.
     
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    I imagine eyes glinting with the gleen of money. six-digits in US dollars, that's no joke.
     
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    Seems he did not have all the appropriate permits after all. While i understand it must be hella frustrating for him, that's wayyy too much money for a damn fish and approve the decision even if it sound harsh. Release it back into water Feds, and the fisherman try again with the permit on your next blue moon, i say.
     
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    Laws can be so annoying at times. He was probably so happy, I would have had a tuna sandwich everyday.
     
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    This is the strangest thing I've heard a Government do...
     
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    Wow that's just... F*cked up!
     
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    Should've been taken to SeaWorld or whatever. (The tuna, I mean.)
     
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    Pretty explanatory, IMO.
     
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    That's impressive.
    The fish that is, it's an impressive fish :toot:
     
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    they took the fish cos they have to get it to Big Enos Burdette in time :creep:
     
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    that's one bloody big fish, when i heard giant tuna, i wasn't expecting shark sized tuna.
    oh, and that Rod law, complete bs
     
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    This is the same government that said that pizza is a vegetable.

    Of course, both the pizza and tuna decisions are entirely money-driven. I just wish our government wouldn't try to hide behind bullshit laws and just say "we need moAR munniez, so we're gunna keep pizza in skoolz and steal this tuna."

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    That would make a lot of sushi.
     
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    Actually, they didn't really say that.
    http://www.metro.us/newyork/national/article/1030728--acutally-pizza-isn-t-a-vegetable

    They were referring to the tomato paste in pizza.
     
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