Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.
Bradford Brown was born in 1939 in Worcester, Massachusetts. He received his undergraduate degree from Cornell, his Master's from Auburn and his PhD from Oklahoma State University. He began working for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries at the Woods Hole lab in 1962. He worked in Woods Hole, Massachusetts from 1962 – 1965 and 1970- 1984. In between he served as Assistant Leader of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Oklahoma Cooperative Fisheries Units and as Assistant Professor of Zoology at Oklahoma State University. In 1984, he went to the Southeast Fisheries Science Center in Miami, Florida. While at the Southeast Fisheries Science Center Dr. Brown held the positions of Deputy Center Director, Acting Center Director and Center Director. He retired from NMFS in 2003. As of this interview in 2016, Dr. Brown was still living in Miami, Florida.
Interview contains discussion of: extended jurisdiction, foreign fleets, Magnuson Stevens Act, enforcing fishing quotas, preparing for fishing council meetings, workplace environments before NOAA, establishment of Fisheries Science Centers, commercial fishing during World War II, EEO officer, racism in NOAA, sexism in NOAA, ecosystem-based fisheries management, effect of technology on fisheries management, ICCAT.
In this interview, Dr. Brown discusses his time working for the National Marine Fisheries Services and NOAA, as well as his involvement with civil rights movements. He discusses the change in the work environment over the years as well as the impact of the outside social changes. Dr. Brown also describes his experiences managing employees and how technology has changed fisheries management and science in general.
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