Anonymous, #4 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Anonymous, #4

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries


The "Cumulative Effects and New Jersey Fisheries" Project was funded by the New Jersey Sea Grant College Program, New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium. Dr. Bonnie McCay and Dr. Kevin St. Martin of Rutgers University were the principal investigators of this project and interviews were conducted primarily by Dr. Grant Murray (now at Vancouver Island University) and Mike Danko (New Jersey Sea Grant College Program, New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium). These interviews had 2 principal goals: 1) to document the cumulative effects of regulatory change on the people, businesses and communities most directly dependent on New Jersey's fisheries; and 2) to create a history of New Jersey's commercial and recreational fisheries through the oral histories of people involved in them. Identifying information has been stripped from these interviews in order to preserve anonymity. Thanks to the 44 fish harvesters that participated in oral history interviews.

Date of Interview

Individual is a semi-retired commercial fisherman in his late 60s at the time of the interview. He was born in Norway and immigrated to the United States at the age of 12. He originally moved to New Bedford, where he fished for nearly 20 years before he began fishing in Cape May in 1976, where he started operating an 88 foot 'eastern rig' vessel, one of 3 or 4 full time scallopers in Cape May at that point. After a couple of years he built his own boat and fished out of Cape May until the early 1990's (around 1991) when he gradually moved out of fishing, serving as an owner until 1999. Has been involved in fisheries management, serving on the New Jersey council and regularly attends ASMFC meetings.

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