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      Howdy, folks. I know this is way overdue, and the damage is probably already done, but after weeks of working with the database I've finally wiped out all of the spam posts and topics. This was no easy task, considering there were three-quarters of a million bogus posts and nearly three hundred thousand bogus topics. Once a hacker/spammer network finds a vulnerability, they send out automated programs that basically destroy a database like this. Over the past couple weeks I've migrated all of the good data into a more current, secure platform with the hopes that we can somehow rebuild. New member registration is tightened way up, and a third-party spam monitoring service is in place. I've also invested in an awesome new gallery extension,  allowing members to create, manage, and share image galleries. Please give it a try, and let me know if there are any issues. I'm still testing and working out the bugs. Surfcaster's forums were once an amazing resource for everyone to enjoy, and we're hoping it can once again build back up. The main site (non-forums) is pretty banged up, but once the forums are complete my next task is to re-invent that as well. Spread the word. Hope to see a lot of you back! Cheers, Andrew
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Lobster Poachers!!

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Local pair nabbed in alleged crustacean caper


A Billerica skipper and his Lowell friend are in hot water after steamed lobstermen told police the partners were allegedly snapping the tails off dozens of crusty creatures and tossing the carcasses back into the ocean.

Anthony T. Gozzo, 52, of Billerica, and partner Mark E. Turcotte, 20, of Lowell, were arrested early Saturday night near the Quartermaster Marina in East Boston. Investigators found lobster tails, undersized lobsters and egg-bearing lobsters in unmarked crates being loaded into the trunk of a car -- all violations of state law.

"We don't often have this type of a crime because most lobstermen respect the environment," said Vanessa Gulati of the Executive Office of Environmental Affairs.

Turcotte and Gozzo, a commercial fisherman, were arraigned in East Boston District Court on Monday. They are charged with 202 counts of possession of mutilated lobsters. They were released on personal recognizance.

"We had calls from other concerned lobstermen about what they were doing," Gulati said. Environmental

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