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How Did 'The Codfather' Rise? Some Say Fishing Rules Pull Up Big Fishermen04:00

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On the New Bedford waterfront, the "CR" on the boat stands for Carlos Rafael. (Courtesy Tristan Spinski for Mother Jones/FERN)closemore
On the New Bedford waterfront, the "CR" on the boat stands for Carlos Rafael. (Courtesy Tristan Spinski for Mother Jones/FERN)

While Carlos Rafael waits to hear his fate, some wonder whether there could be another "Codfather."

Critics say fishing industry regulations pave the way for bigger and more corrupt fishing enterprises.

But, some, like Janice Plante of the New England Fisheries Managment Council, disagree with those who blame the regulatory system, insisting the rules don't "make somebody a criminal."

Joining Morning Edition is Niaz Dorry, of the Gloucester-based Northwest Atlantic Marine Alliance. She explains why she believes Rafael's success is connected to fishing industry rules.

This segment aired on April 11, 2017.

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