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Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

  • Collection DOI:
    Principal Investigator:
    Louis M. Kyriakoudes
  • NOAA's Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History documents the experience of people living in Gulf of Mexico  oil-spill-affected fishing communities. The oral history data complements other social and economic data about the spill collected by NOAA and other governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Clyde Leslie Brown Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Mr. Clyde Leslie Brown was born July 1, 1932, in Pecan, Mississippi, to Nathaniel Richard Brown (born November 22, 1901, in Canoe, Alabama) and Mary Edna Stork Brown (born February 28, 1906, in Pecan, Mississippi). His father was a farmer who ran a general store in Canoe, Alabama, and his mother was a housewife. His mother’s father was a commercial fisherman in Jackson County, Mississippi, who ran a general store in Pecan, Mississippi. On September 4, 1955, he married Annie Marie Jones.

Barbara Hester Biloxi, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Joey Keller Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Joey Keller is a crab fisherman living in Fernier, Louisiana.

Scope and Content Note:
He talks about crabbing, Lake Pontchartrain, shrimping, trawl nets, bycatch, regulations, equipment, bait, price for catches, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita, Bonnet Carre Spillway, BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, Vessels of Opportunity, crawfish stew.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Fernier, LA NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Thang "Peter" Nguyen Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Mr. Thang "Peter" Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American, former shrimper, now community liaison for Mississippi State University Coastal Research and Extension Center.  He was born in 1967 in Vung Tau, South Vietnam. His parents were fisherfolk and told him the story of escaping Vietnam in the family boat two weeks before the Communists took over South Vietnam, when Mr. Nguyen was just eight years old.

Linda VanZandt Biloxi, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Wesley Howard Stork Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Mr. Wesley Howard Stork is a retired commercial fisherman on Gulf Coast. Stork was born on December 12, 1926, in Pascagoula, Mississippi, to Mr. Henry Wilson Stork (born in Leavenworth, Kansas) and Mrs. Hattie Belle Clark Stork (born in Pascagoula, Mississippi). His father was a commercial fisherman and the owner of a merchandise store. His mother was a housewife, who worked in the family store. Stork’s father’s name was Hinklemeyer (sp?), and he changed his surname to Stork, which was his mother’s maiden name.

Barbara Hester Moss Point, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Oliver Goldsmith Brown Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Oliver Goldsmith Brown IV is a retired oil field engineer who worked on a sailing, commercial fishing vessel as a teenager in the 1950s in the Gulf of Mexico.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey West Hattiesburg, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Joseph Gregory Ladnier Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Joseph Gregory Ladnier, who goes by Greg is owner/operator of Sea Pearl Seafood Co., Bayou La Batre, AL, which specializes in wild caught American shrimp.

Louis Kyriakoudes Bayou LaBatre, AL NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Alvina Nichols Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Mrs. Alvina Maudvella Nichols was born on October 21, 1925, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, to Mr. James Rosemond (born July 4, 1902, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi) and Mrs. Mattie Bell Johnson Rosemond (born December 29, 1903, in New Orleans, Louisiana). Her father was a fisherman who came from a fishing family, residing in Bay St. Louis. Her mother was a seafood processing factory worker. Her mother’s family originated in New Orleans and migrated to Bay St. Louis in the early 1900s. Nichols attended St.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Bay Saint Louis, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Alfred “Al” R. Sunseri, Part 1 Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Mr. Alfred “Al” R. Sunseri is co-owner of P&J Oyster Company in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sunseri was born on May 3, 1958, in New Orleans, Louisiana, to Mr. Salvador Raymond Sunseri (born April 25, 1925, New Orleans) and Mrs. Bobbie Prest Sunseri (born September 10, 1931, Winnipeg, Canada). Raymond Sunseri worked as a certified public accountant in Beverly Hills, California, (1949 to 1950), and from 1952 to 1986, he was owner of P&J Oyster Company, Inc.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey, Linda VanZandt New Orleans, LA NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Jennifer M. Buchanan Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Jennifer M. Buchanan, is education coordinator at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Barbara Hester Moss Point, MS NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Qui Lam Deepwater Horizon Oil Disaster Oral History

Qui Lam is a Vietnamese-American shrimper living in Houma, Louisiana. Mr. Qui Lam was born in 1961, one of eight children, near the city of Rach Gia, South Vietnam. His father’s name was Bung Lam. His mother’s name was Hui Trang. Mr. Lam is of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. At a young age, Mr. Lam traveled with his father by boat to the market to help buy merchandise to resell in his stores, which were later taken by the Communist regime. After 1975, Mr. Lam began shrimping to earn a living, in addition to growing watermelon and potatoes.

Linda VanZandt, Linh Lam Houma, LA NOAA-NMFS, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute