He then moved and worked as a journalist and consultant in Florida, helping to run a congressional campaign there, and he later worked in political consulting and marketing when he returned to the Boston area.
He joined the staff of the Times in 2002 and worked initially as a local political and city reporter covering Gloucester.
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 harborfront.
He then quickly dove into extensive coverage of the issues that were confronting fishermen in Gloucester, across New England and, in many ways, across the nation. His coverage helped spotlight efforts by fishermen and lawmakers alike to challenge the actions of NOAA — particularly its law enforcement wing — leading to a federal Inspector General’s investigation and findings of wrongdoing in 2010.
Times Editor Ray Lamont can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3423, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.