Instead of coddling the islanders, tell them this, "1. Stop taking the law into your own hands by overt or underhanded means."
"2. If you cannot police yourselves tactfully and within the law, alternative measures will be taken."
Alternative measures? Turn all waters surrounding Matinicus into a marine sanctuary with zero fishing.
Though I agree with this writer's assessments, commenters tend to hang behind the cloak of anonymity, making writing a news story or even a reliable blog post pretty tough. Anyone with actual facts about the latest mini-drama from Matinicus want to step up and talk with this reporter/blogger?
BTW, I am an experienced reporter and editor, have been blogging for five years and am a huge believer in crowdsourcing for research and fact-finding. If anonymity is an issue, only your initials need appear in the blog as long as I know how to reach you.