Maine Sea Grant

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Hugh Akagi Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Hugh Akagi is the chief of the Passamaquoddy on the Canadian side of the border. He lives in Canada and is deeply connected to his family and relatives on the reserve. Akagi is committed to preserving cultural heritage and advocating for the rights of Indigenous fishers. He has a background in fisheries research and has participated in Species at Risk talks and aboriginal advisory committees, demonstrating his dedication to protecting the natural environment and its species.

Julia Beaty Pleasant Point, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Brian Altvater Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Brian Altvater, Sr. is the chair of the Schoodic River Keepers. He played a key role in establishing the committee to restore the St. Croix River. Altvater is proud that the committee is grassroots and non-politically motivated despite being involved in political matters due to the involvement of different countries, the Tribe, the state of Maine, and the International Joint Commission. He was particularly upset about the denial of ancestral habitat to alewives above the Grand Falls dam, which prevented them from spawning and breeding for 22 years.

Julia Beaty Pleasant Point, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Ed Bassett Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Ed Bassett describes in this interview the importance of alewives to the Passamaquoddy tribe in Downeast Maine. The interview contains his recollections of how the marine ecosystem appeared to prior generations and the challenges facing alewives right now.

Julia Beaty Perry, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Randy Bushey Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Randy Bushey, an elver buyer and fisherman, describes his role in the industry and the politics of elver fishing in Downeast Maine. The interview includes opinions on federal regulations, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and eel behavior and biology. Bushey discusses his attempts to import eels from Caribbean island nations.

Julia Beaty Steuben, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Julie Keene Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

In this interview, Lubec elver harvester Julie Keene discusses the elver fishery, competition with indigenous people, the demise of the urchin fishery and current regulations.

Julia Beaty Lubec, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
William Milliken Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Elver harvester William Milliken of Maine describes in this interview the process of fishing for elvers using dip and fyke nets. Having been active in the fishery since 1992, Milliken offers perspectives on ASMFC management and current threats to the elver population.

Julia Beaty Jonesport, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Jake Southerland Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

Jake Southerland is an alewife harvester in Orland, ME. In this interview, he describes the process of catching alewives, the differences between alewives and blueback herring, and the importance of the fishery to the lobster industry.

Julia Beaty Orland, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Rick Welch Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

In this interview, alewife harvester Rick Welch reflects on the Downeast Maine alewife fishery. The interview contains his thoughts on the effects of dams, the desirability of alewives as lobster bait and the difference between alewives and blueback herring.

Julia Beaty Ellsworth, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Darrell Young Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

In this interview, alewife fisherman Darrell Young describes the Maine alewife fishery and some of the environmental challenges that this anadromous species faces.

Julia Beaty Franklin, ME NOAA Preserve America Initiative, Maine Sea Grant
Bob and Diane Williams Voices of the Maine Fishermen's Forum 2018

Bob Williams, a lobsterman, and his wife, Diane Williams, live in Stonington, ME and first met at the Fishermen’s Forum 38 years ago. They return every year for their anniversary. In the interview, they discuss the rising value of property in their area, their experiences living in coastal Maine, and the changes in the culture and economy of Stonington since the 70s such as the decline of jobs such as quarry work, ice chipping, and factory work.

Galen Koch Rockland, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute