The Island Institute

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Brian Bichrest Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Interview with Brian Bichrest of Harpswell, Maine.  Mr. Bichrest is a gill net fisherman of the Maine Coast Community Sector. In this interview, he shares his recollections of growing up in Harpswell and observations from his experience on the water.

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Harpswell, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Frank Bichrest Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

This is an interview with fisherman Frank Bichrest of Cundy's Harbor, ME. Interview contains descriptions of the groundfish fishery, shrimping, lobstering and the community of Harpswell. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Cundy's Harbor, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Eva Cushman Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Eva Cushman, born in 1924 in Camden, Maine, was a long-time resident of Port Clyde, Maine. She moved to Thomaston with her parents shortly after her birth and attended Thomaston schools where she met her future husband. Her husband worked on the mailboat Nereid, which traveled from Thomaston to Monhegan to Boothbay Harbor and back. They married in 1941 and had seven children together. In 1946, they moved to Port Clyde where her husband worked as a lobsterman, fisherman, and clam digger.

Joshua Wrigley, Scott Sell Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Randy Cushman Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Randy Cushman is a fifth-generation fisherman from Port Clyde, Maine, with a rich family history in the fishing industry. His family's involvement in fishing spans several generations, with numerous relatives, including his three brothers, nephew, grandfather, great uncles, and great-grandfather, all having been fishermen. Cushman's family lineage traces back to Robert Cushman and his son Thomas, who were among the passengers on the Mayflower. However, the family's fishing roots began with Apollos Cushman, the first family member to settle in Maine, specifically in Bremen.

Joshua Wrigley Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Bruce Dyer Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Interview with Bruce Dyer, a stop seine herring fisherman and lifelong resident of Cliff Island, ME.  Interview contains information on Mr. Dyer's career in the stop seine herring fishery and lobster fishery, his observations on herring behavior, fishing methods, locations, fishing techniques and island life.

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Cliff Island, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Robert Dyer Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Robert Dyer was born on August 4, 1931 on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay.  He worked as a stop seiner, lobsterman and cannery worker for much of his life in the Portland and Casco Bay areas.  He is a cousin of Bruce Dyer of Cliff Island who also sat for a recording.  As of this interview in 2013, Robert was still living on Chebeague Island and in Yarmouth.  Interview contains discussions of: stop seining, herring canneries, bait prices, sardine prices, locations for stop seining, whale encounters, life on Chebeague Island, purse seining, carriers, bailing and pumping herring.  Robert Dyer’s

Joshua Wrigley Chebeague Island, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Gary Hatch Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Purse seiner Gary Hatch of Owls Head, ME recalls his career in the herring and scallop fisheries. Interview contains information on purse seining, scalloping, federal regulations, closed areas and mid-water trawling. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Owls Head, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Gary Libby Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Captain Gary Libby of Port Clyde, ME shares recollections of his career as a groundfish and shrimp fisherman. Interview contains descriptions of Maine's inshore groundfish fishery, management practices and thoughts on environmental change. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Kelo Pinkham Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Kelo Pinkham is a fisherman and lobsterman living in Boothbay Harbor, ME. During this interview, he shared information about the Northern Shrimp and groundfish fisheries. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Boothbay Harbor, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council
Gladden Schrock Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

Fisherman Gladden Schrock of South Bristol, ME shares recollections of his career in the stop seine herring fishery. Interview contains descriptions of the community of South Bristol, technical aspects of stop seining, recollections of fishing crews and mentors.   

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley South Bristol, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute, Maine Humanities Council