Clyde MacKenzie

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Voices from the Science Centers


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.

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Clyde MacKenzie completed his undergraduate studies at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1955 and his master's degree in 1958. He began working for the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in 1958, spending 14 years at the Milford Laboratory. While there, his research focus was on predation control in the development of oyster hatcheries. He has spent his entire career working with shellfish and their habitats.

Interview contains discussions of: habitat, oysters, Milford Laboratory, hatchery development, starfish, oyster drills, predation controls, Norwalk, New Haven, hard clams, field work, Hurricane Agnes, North Atlantic Oscillation, bay scallops and recruitment.

MacKenzie discusses his many years of working with shellfish and the importance of habitat conditions for the health and productivity of various shellfish species. He also discusses how he sees tremendous value in combining field work and laboratory work,

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