History will correctly remember Carlos Rafael’s greedy and illegal misdeeds, but it should also remember that he was right. His prognostication about the eventual monopolization of the fishing industry has proven prescient. 

The whole saga calls to mind a scene from HBO’s The Wire, in which Omar Little, who robs drug dealers for a living, turns the tables on the mob lawyer cross examining him. He points out the attorney is just as guilty as he is in capitalizing on the drug trade with the line of the series, “I got the shotgun. You got the briefcase.” 


Sign up for free

Our free newsletter will drop into your inbox weekday mornings, giving you all the highlights of our in-depth news stories and community arts and culture coverage.


Rafael’s fishing days are over, but manipulation of the fishing industry is alive and well, just with fancier suits and offices and less interesting but more polished white-collar types. 

Even “the dance” can’t avoid gentrification. (Will) Sennott’s piece brings into focus what we’ve long wondered aloud: How much of the $11 billion the industry generates each year stays here, with the hard working people who generate 100% of the value?

Certainly not enough.

Joshua Amaral is assistant executive director at People Acting in Community Endeavors, a leader in the city’s Homeless Service Providers Network and a former School Committee member.

Thank you to our sponsors

Founding benefactors:
Irwin and Joan Jacobs, Mary and Jim Ottaway