Fisherman, Carlos Rafael, had the catch of his life this week only to have it immediately taken from him by federal authorities. Why was this man robbed of his enormous 881-pound tuna? Because the "powers that be" said he didn't catch it the right way.
Rafael and his crew were catching bottom-dwellers with nets when they accidentally brought in the gigantic tuna, which could have also brought in a large sum of money for Rafael and his fishermen. Proving that the tuna would have brought in quite a pretty penny was a recently caught 754-pound tuna, which sold for a whopping $396,000. Who knew tuna would bring in that much money?
The problem with Rafael's 881-pound tuna was that it wasn't caught by regulation standardsÂ—with a rod and reel. In Rafael's defense, he had all of his permits up to date and claims he didn't know that the rod and reel was the only means of catching a tuna:
They said it had to be caught with rod and reel. 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.
Should Rafael lose his 881-pound tuna catch of a lifetime because of a minor infraction that he seems to have not been aware of at the time? How much money do you think he would have gotten for this huge fish?
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