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Check This Out- From the Moderator – Richard Gaines, Staff Reporter, Gloucester Daily Times

From the Moderator – Richard Gaines, Staff Reporter, Gloucester Daily Times


Borehead writes-

For years, we found his byline under the headline of every major fishery article that we read at the Gloucester Daily Times.  It told us to read on for the truth and an unbiased perspective that a great journalist presents regarding our livelihoods.Richard’s articles provided the information to the public of the complexities that made up the convoluted issues surrounding the stories of the New England ground fishery — something that was just about impossible. continued@http://fisherynation.com/archives/10071

Is there apathy in regards to Gloucester’s Fishing Industry News or have people given up trying to understand it.


Cod cut loss to city: $70M

By Richard Gaines

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A statutory need to address a reported widespread decline in the status of the Gulf of Maine cod was translated Wednesday into terms of a potential economic catastrophe for the New England groundfishing industry — with projections of dealing a $70 million hit to Gloucester’s economy alone.

Click here for the rest of the story
Richard Gaines reports some really heavy stuff today in the Gloucester Daily Times but other than people directly involved in the fishing industry locally and a few other folks that seem to weigh in on it outside of the industry I wonder if the general public has tuned it all out because it is so difficult to understand and or they gave up trying because it’s impossible to keep up with all the changes.

In either case there are some MAJOR MAJOR changes to the life and independent spirit of what so many people have clung to here for so long but it seems like people are resigned to feel like it’s all a done deal.

Like the people that think that the Government is ever going to allow the amount of fish that was once landed in this city to ever be harvested again, that’s just crazy.  They would be nuts to because it would get us right back to the state of overfishing that got us into this mess in the first place.  But now with Catch shares and the privatization of the industry and without provisions to make sure that fishing permits stay in the hands of independent fishermen I never thought I’d see the day but within our lifetime there likely will be very few independently owned fishing boats.

When you listen to the bananaheads at the meetings continue to cling on to the hope that this town is going to somehow revert back into the golden days of schooners or when our Grandfathers and Father’s age when millions and millions of pounds of fish were being landed here on a daily basis tell them to wake up.

It’s not “Times, They are A Changin’”

They’ve Changed.

Richard Gaines Deserves The Highest Journalism Award In The Country

I hope everyone understands that with all the injustice that happened with the regulators in the fishing industry that there is one man, ONE SINGLE MAN who is most responsible for exposing it all and getting the wheels turning to see that things change.

That man is Richard Gaines at The Gloucester Daily Times.  For years  complex rules were made and the regulatory scheme changed so often and without warning that even the most involved person in the fishing industry would be forgiven for giving up trying to understand it.  This is the reason that the regulatory departments within the government basically got away with anything, because no reporter would bother to try to figure out the moving target.

Ray Lamont, editor at the GDT in his wisdom, unleashed the journalistic beast that is Richard Gaines.  Armed with the protection of the First Amendment Richard threw himself headlong into this world and immersed himself trying to figure out just what the hell was going on.  As he dug it became apparent that  fisheries management was completely out of control.

He exposed it and exposed it and exposed it daily and it was through his investigative journalism that people began to understand just how fucked up it all was.  This is the reason that the politicians got involved because they could no longer sit on the sidelines,the abuse had become apparent after Richard had broken it down for all to see in the pages of the Gloucester Daily Times. Before Richard took on the task, there was literally NO ONE who brought all the complexities to the masses.

Richard Gaines deserves the highest journalistic awards this country has to offer.

Here are some interviews I did with Richard not long after he had taken on the waterfront beat for The GDT back in June of 2009-

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Does anyone know who one needs to write to nominate him?  Because hopefully he gets the recognition he deserves.

January 25, 2011 ‘Blacklisted’ meal provokes ‘sustainable’ fisheries debate By Richard Gaines

From the Gloucester Daily Times

Gaines covers the Berkowitz dinner-

BOSTON — For a private dinner at one of his Legal Sea Foods restaurants for which he made the intentionally provocative decision to serve three so-called blacklisted fish, Roger Berkowitz minced the black tiger shrimp but not his words.

It was an evening of food for thought.

"We have sustainable fisheries, now we need sustainable infrastructure. It has to come back to the center," Berkowitz said in a plea for common sense and reason, noting that many years of strict conservation have weakened the fishing industry while strengthening U.S. stocks.

"We are seeing something out of balance," Berkowitz added. "The environmental movement is well financed; the fishermen are not."

Click here for the rest of the story at The Gloucester Daily Times Website

Then you can watch Part I of the Interview I did with Richard a while back by clicking below


Bravo To Gloucester and Fiscal Conservatism

We don’t go political on these pages but I would like to extend a huge congratulations to the Mayor and City Council for bringing Gloucester’s Free Cash Balance To The Positive!

Richard Gaines reports at The Gloucester Daily Times-

November 22, 2010

City’s free cash fund: $1.9 million

By Richard Gaines Staff Writer The Gloucester Daily Times Mon Nov 22, 2010, 11:18 PM EST

The state Department of Revenue has certified that, for the first time in nine years, Gloucester enjoyed a free cash balance in the 2010 fiscal year that ended June 30, an accounting characteristic generally considered a barometer of fiscal municipal good health.

Click the link above for the whole story.

Some notables from the story-

By many counts, the city’s finances, which were in shambles and dripping red ink when Kirk took office in January 2008. Beginning in January 2010, she presided over weekly meetings of what was known as the Deficit and Free Cash Project Committee. The group included financial department heads, with City Council representation as well, all seeking to reconcile accounts, plug holes and restore a free cash position.

As recently as fiscal 2008, the city instead held a negative free cash position of $3.818,442.

A year later, the negative position was reduced by about $1.5 million, to $2,384,524.

I’m hoping that Carolyn stays in office for a good long while but with turning in results like that I would think that if she were to pursue higher political aspirations that having this accomplishment on her resume would be something that people all over the country have been calling for.  Being responsible with taxpayers money.

BRAVO To Mayor Kirk and The City Council for this monumental achievement!

Gloucester Daily Times Editor Ray Lamont Part III

In this segment Ray talks about the Gloucester Daily Times as a local newspaper within a national news conglomerate.  We also begin to speak about the individual writers, editors and photographers and what they bring to the Times.  Ray talks about Richard Gaines in this clip.

Richard Gaines Reports On The Block Party

Downtown Gloucester Block Party, originally uploaded by captjoe06.

Main Street to close for cruise visitors

By Richard Gaines
Staff Writer

“The block party is on.

Blessed unanimously by the City Council, the dream of a handful of citizens and two merchants for a taste of Main Street as a promenade, dance floor and platform for a cafe society this week took on the urgency of opportunity.”

Read the rest of the story by clicking this text

We are also working on having a huge sail used as a screen to show slide shows (featuring some of my pictures and I’m thinking about asking if others want to put some of their Gloucester pics in too) and live video from the event.

Much much more to come!