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Federal regulators Thursday approved a temporary plan for groundfihsing in New Bedford after fishing mogul Carlos Rafael, better known as "The Codfather," misreported his catch and caused an eight-month fishing ban for some boats in the city.  

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In a divided vote, the New England Fishery Management Council is backing a new operations plan for a sector of New Bedford boats that have been prohibited from fishing. However, the council said the plan should only be approved if certain conditions are met. 

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The Port of New Bedford is often touted as the most lucrative in North America. That’s thanks mainly to the popularity, and apparent abundance, of scallops. But the success of scallops may be masking hard times for other parts of the fishing industry.

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A New Bedford fishing mogul known as "The Codfather" is facing new federal allegations for misreporting the amount of fish harvested by his fleet, this time in the scallop fishery.


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The downfall of the owner of New England's biggest fishing fleet could also hurt the Port of New Bedford. Carlos Rafael has pleaded guilty to federal charges of smuggling and submitting fraudulent catch records. In addition to serving prison time, Rafael could lose prized fishing permits. And people in his home port worry the permits may not stay in New Bedford.