Lobster fishers seek more buyback scheme details
THEY are getting more desperate.
With each passing week, there’s more and more evidence of lobster boats being bought off for a price of $500 per head — sometimes the cost of the fishing gear itself — to take advantage of an underclass of fishermen who make less than $14,000 a year.
“We saw a couple o바카라사이트f kids in my area from the same school going after that lobster with an 11-foot rod,” said Chris Strayer, who grew up on Bass Lake and now owns three of the four lobster boats.
“One of my guys was buying it. He’s a bigger guy. They were both over six feet tall.”
The $500 reward for finding one of those boats was $150,000 in 2009, according to a 2008 report.
The first three of these boats also happened to be owned by James M. “Red” Haines, who was sentenced last year to 12 years in federal prison after a federal jury determined he and his brother, James R. Haines, were involved in a massive criminal racketeering scheme involving바카라사이트 thousands of pounds of illegal lobstering equipment.
“This is going to cost a lot of money, and it costs a lot of energy for them to maintain them for as long as they did to make sure they kept getting money,” Strayer said.
Strayer and Mears, who have operated the fishing boats for nearly 17 years, estimate the Haines brothers have sold at least three of the boats — but say those are just two or three stories below the surface.
“We’re not going to talk about the name that we don’t have a home with anymore,” Mears said.
With three-quarters of all the boats that are owned by one or both brothers at any given time, the Haines’ are one of the most powerful, well-connected fishmen in New Brunswick.
But this money has been siphoned off in a way that’s gone overlooked in the current legal debate over legalized fishing.
For one, Mears said if there is ever any doubt about the Haines brothers’ activities, they have no legal recourse — and that’s because a federal federal act of 1884 makes it illegal for government officials — including the federal Fisheries Act, which is based on a colonial treaty, to buy fis더킹카지노h or products from anyone under the age of 16.
There’s also another loophole the brothers found themselves i