Chris Aiello

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Graying of the Fleet


These oral histories examine the graying phenomenon and implications for the resilience of the commercial fishing industry in two coastal communities in Oregon.

Date of Interview
Biographical Sketch

Chris Aiello, a fisherman, was born in Newark, New Jersey, and raised in Hoboken and Montclair. He holds a bachelor's degree in science from New York University. Aiello's career began with menial jobs in New York City, but he was drawn to outdoor activities. He moved to the West Coast in 1977, initially to grow pot, before transitioning to fishing. Aiello's work ethic and education have equipped him with the skills to understand management schemes and business practices in the fishing industry. He has been involved in various aspects of fishing, including boat ownership, and has experienced the challenges and financial commitments involved in the industry.

Scope and Content Note
The interview with Chris Aiello provides insights into his motivations for entering the fishing industry, his educational background, and his transition from New York City to the West Coast. Aiello discusses the physical and mental demands of fishing, the financial aspects of boat ownership, and the challenges faced by young fishermen. He also shares his views on the changing motivations of young people entering the industry and the importance of including fishermen in the establishment of management policies. Additionally, Aiello reflects on the average age of fishermen, the progression from crew to captain, and the demanding nature of fishing work. The interview offers a firsthand account of a fisherman's experiences, challenges, and perspectives, shedding light on the realities of the industry and the evolving dynamics of the fishing community on the West Coast.

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