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Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Roger Freeman Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Rockland lobsterman Roger Freeman, born April 22,1949 in Rockland, ME. At the time of the interview, Mr. Freeman was still living in Rockland. The interview contains information about Mr. Freeman's career fishing for lobsters. He describes his entry into the lobster industry in 1973 and the changes that he witnessed in gear, species fluctuations, prices and regulations.

Cameron Thompson Rockland, ME University of Maine
Richard A. Whitman Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Richard Whitman, born 11/15/1962, in Rockland, Maine. Whitman discusses his experiences in the fishing industry, his background and changes in his coastal community.

Cameron Thompson Rockland, ME University of Maine
Edward French Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Edward French, who has lived most of his life in Eastport, Maine. His first involvement in commercial fishing was as crew on a herring carrier, and soon after he started tub trawling and scalloping on his own during the summer and fall.

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Wayne Wilcox Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Wayne Wilcox was born in 1954 in Eastport, Maine. In this interview with Hollis Matthews, he describes fishing in Downeast Maine and changes in the region over time.

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
Hugh French Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Hugh French grew up and lived most of his life in Eastport, Maine. French was never directly involved in fishing industry, but is currently the Director of the Tides Institute. He describes the local economy's shifts throughout his lifetime, particularly the rise and decline of the sardine industry and increased dependence on lobstering. This interview was completed as part of the University of Maine project, “Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities,” funded by Maine Sea Grant (PI: Dr. Teresa Johnson).

Anna Henry Eastport, ME University of Maine
John Williams Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with fisherman John Williams.  In this interview, he discusses his career fishing for groundfish and lobsters out of Stonington, Maine.

Mike Kersula Stonington, ME University of Maine
Eugene Greenlaw Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

In this interview, Eugene Greenlaw describes his life in Lubec, Maine. Greenlaw's first involvement in commercial fishing was working for a sardine factory in Lubec, which he did for 31 years, becoming the plant manager in 1998. He has fished commercially for lobster since in 1972, and fished scallops, sea urchins and herring at different times throughout his career.

Cameron Thompson Lubec, ME University of Maine
Allison Wilson Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Allison Wilson, born January 24, 1931, in Rockland, Maine. In this interview, Wilson discusses aspects of his fishing career and changes in Downeast Maine during his lifetime.

Cameron Thompson Rockland, ME University of Maine
William Kirk Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

William Kirk, born in 1947, lives in Rockland, Maine, and is the first member of his family to work in the fishing industry. He entered the lobstering fishery independently in 1967 to supplement his income from working at a clothing factory in town, and still actively lobsters. Kirk describes a significant increase in the cost of bait and other operating costs since he first started lobstering, lowering his profits despite the rise in prices.

Cameron Thompson Rockland, ME University of Maine
Russell Wright Assessing Vulnerability and Resilience in Maine Fishing Communities

Interview with Marine Patrol officer Russell Wright. In this interview, Wright shares perspectives on the community of Lubec and his work in law enforcement.

Anna Henry Lubec, ME University of Maine