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Marine issues journalist remembered

Richard Gaines, an 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.

Gaines, 69, was found by his wife Nancy — also a longtime writer and editor and a Times correspondent — at around 2 p.m.

When the Times restructured its coverage beats in 2008, however, Gaines — who always enjoyed recreational fishing — jumped at the chance to take on what initially began as coverage of the fishing industry and the harbor front.

His coverage helped spotlight efforts by fishermen and lawmakers alike to challenge the actions of NOAA — particularly its law enforcement wing — leading to an inspector general’s investigation and findings of wrongdoing in 2010.

Click here for the full report by the Gloucester Daily Times.