National Fisherman

Richard Gaines, the award-winning 40-year New England journalist who spent more than a decade as staff writer with the Gloucester Daily Times and carved out a national niche with his local coverage of the commercial fishing industry, was found dead Sunday afternoon in the swimming pool outside his home in his beloved Bay View section of the city.

Gaines, who was 69, was found by his wife Nancy — also a longtime writer and editor and a Times correspondent — at around 2 p.m. yesterday when she returned to the couple's Quarry Street home from Boston.

Nancy Gaines said she was initially surprised that Richard did not pick her up at the Gloucester commuter rail station as they had planned. She then made her way home, and found him already dead in the pool.

"We had plans to try to clean the pool," she said Sunday evening. "And I'm guessing he either got up very early — as he often did — and was working on the pool, or was examining it. It looked as it he may have had a heart attack."

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Inside the Industry

NMFS has awarded 16 grants totaling more than $2.5 million as part of its Bycatch Reduction Engineering Program.

The program supports the development of technological solutions and changes in fishing practices designed to minimize bycatch and aims to to find creative approaches and strategies for reducing bycatch, seabird interactions, and post-release mortality in federally managed fisheries.


Abe Williams, who was elected to the Bristol Bay Regional Seafood Development Association board last spring, has been selected as the new president as of September.

Williams fishes the F/V Crimson Fury, and is president of Nuna Resources, a nonprofit that supports sustainable resource development in rural Alaska, including fighting for an international solution to issues raised by the proposed Pebble Mine project.

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