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Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries

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    Principal Investigator:
    Bonnie McCay, Kevin St. Martin, Grant Murray
  • 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.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Anonymous, #1 Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries

Individual is a male in his mid seventies at the time of the interview. He was born in Sweden , and began fishing at the age of 14 for herring, mackerel, cod, pollock, and haddock around the early 1940's in Sweden. In the mid 1950's he moved to the United States, a move he attributes to seeing too many Westerns (and hearing that America was a place of freedom, and that he wanted to escape regulations in Sweden). Upon arriving he was immediately offered a position on a fishing boat through a family friend and moved down to Cape May.

Grant Murray, Mike Danko Cape May, NJ Rutgers University
Anonymous, #4 Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries

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.

Grant Murray, Mike Danko Cape May, NJ Rutgers University
Anonymous, #20 Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries

This interview ended up being with two individuals, brothers that have fished together for some time. Individuals were both in their mid to late 50s at the time of the interview and were commercial fishermen fishing for scallop out of Point Pleasant, New Jersey. Their father was a party boat captain and both gained their first experience serving as crew on that party boat. They started off fishing on their own for lobster in the 1970's but very quickly turned to scallops. Interview contains detailed information on the evolution of the scallop fishery and regulatory change thereof.

Grant Murray, Mike Danko Point Pleasant, NJ Rutgers University
Anonymous, #30 Cumulative Effects in New Jersey Fisheries

At the time of the interview, individual was a 50 year old male fishing out of Belford, New Jersey. He is from a fishing family and has fished his entire career out of Belford (occasionally out of Point Pleasant), and has participated in a number of fisheries ranging from seining to dragging to lobster.

Grant Murray, Mike Danko Belford, NJ Rutgers University