Wronged Fisherman Larry Yacubian forced to sue after Commerce Department denies claim
August 13, 2012 -- Captain Larry Yacubian, a former New Bedford,
Massachusetts fishermen who lost his business, his boat, his license to
fish - and literally the family farm - as a result of a Federal
prosecution described by the United States Secretary of Commerce
as having "overstepped the bounds of propriety and fairness..." is
seeking to hold the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
(NOAA) accountable for its actions in a recently filed lawsuit
in United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. "By
forcing them to face the consequences of their actions, I hope to deter
the agency from continuing its egregious conduct and to remedy the harm
NOAA has done to my family and me," said Captain Yacubian.
For background on NOAA's mistreatment of Capt. Yacubian, see this video from 'Dan Rather Reports'
March 23, 2015 -- The rules are a good first step, but illegal fishing is a global problem that requires a multinational approach to solve it. The government needs to work with other major fish importers worldwide to ensure that fishermen with contraband cargo can’t unload their wares.
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