Alvin Johnston | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Alvin Johnston

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen


The Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen were interviewed in the course of writing a series of books on the mid-1990s flurry of net bans on the Gulf Coast. Pennsylvania’s Lake Erie fishermen were put out of business in 1994; Minnesota’s Lake of the Woods fishermen were put out of business in the 1980s. Both bodies of water are shared with Canada, where vibrant commercial fisheries remain.

principal investigator
Date of Interview
Principal Investigator

Former Minnesota commercial fisherman and author of regional fishing history, “A Time to Fish and A Time to Dry Nets: Lake of the Woods

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