Ellsworth High School - Maine | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ellsworth High School - Maine

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    Joyce Whitmore
  • These interviews were conducted as part of Ellsworth High School's participation in the NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project 2003-2005.  All 10th graders participated in this interdisciplinary project that involved English, History, Social Studies, and Biology classes. To read about the LFK Project, go to http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/lfkproject/.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Anonymous

This is an interview with the alewife agent for the city of Ellsworth, Maine. Each year lobstermen come to buy alewives for bait for the lobster. He discusses the mechanics of the fish trap and moving the fish to their spawning grounds. He discusses the life cycle of the alewife and the importance to the lobster harvest. He discusses the sea birds that follow the fish and the competition that develops among them.

Brandon Lane, Anna Briggs Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Kip Young

Kip Young is a lobster and tuna fisherman fishing out of Corea, Maine. Although he has practiced several other professions, he prefers fishing for the independence it gives to him as his own boss. He has built his own boats for the work that he does and discusses the expenses that accompany the profession. His love is for fishing tuna but more money comes with lobstering. He has strong feelings about the role of the fisherman versus the government and biologists.

Edward Bedard, Nicole Austin, Tiffany Corbett, Jessica Albee Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Jennifer Vose

Jennifer Vose works for the Marine Environmental Research Institute in Blue Hill, Maine in the summer as a naturalist. Most of her work involves taking people out on the ocean, hauling up lobster traps, talking about the ecology of the area, the habitat of the area and looking at the species they catch in the traps. Based on the species caught, she will explain its anatomy, its life cycle, and its importance to the fishing industry. A main purpose of these trips is to teach people about local ecology.

Courtney Ray, Rachael Wing Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Jim Stanley

Jim Stanley is a lobster fisherman fishing out of the Union River Bay in Ellsworth, Maine. He grew up in a family of fishermen. He talks about the tools he uses, the number of times he hauls, and a few stories that are connected to his daily occupation.

Morgan MacKenzie, Hollie Stanley, Sally Stanley Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
David Sargent

David Sargent is a lobster fisherman, a sea urchin diver, a scallop diver, a wormer and a clam digger depending on the season. Out of all of these occupations, David prefers lobster fishing. He discusses the hard work of the lobster fisherman and the need for a stern man to work with you. He also discusses diving and the strain on the body this occupation has.

Kristin Wing, Elizabeth Miller, Danielle Werner Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Steve Robbins

Steve Robbins has been a lobster fisherman for fifty-two years. He discusses the dangers of fishing, the equipment needed in fishing, the involvement in the lobster coop, and the sense of freedom fishing gives to him.

Caitlin Wood, Lucy Weed-Eaton, Louis Williams Stonington, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Michael Rioux

Interview with Michael Rioux, scallop and urchin diver and lobsterman, retired. He lives in Surry, Maine and worked out of Blue Hill Bay and Stonington, Maine. He spoke about the depletion of the local urchin fishery, driven by international market demands; and the resulting need for conservation. Regarding lobster harvest, he spoke about territorial issues such as informal boundary lines developed by local lobstermen and the difficulty of being a newcomer to the fishery. In relation to scallop diving, he discussed the danger and difficulty of the job.

Julie Whitcomb, Tiara Woods, Erik Korver Surry, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Jamie Perry

Both Jamie Perry and his wife participate in the interview. Jamie Perry is a lobster fisherman that loves the job he works at. He describes the laws connected to lobster fishing and how they impact on his life as well as how they have changed. He discusses the seasonal aspect of lobstering and the migration routes of the lobster. His wife also discusses briefly the impact of lobstering on their family.

Chris Archer, Emily Edgecomb, Amy Hodge, Brian Jordan Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Kevin Lynch

 Kevin Lynch is a boat captain fishing at different times for scallops, tuna, elver, cod and haddock. He fishes along the Maine coast but as also fished off New Jersey. He discusses the tracking of fish, the equipment needed to catch fish, and how the fish are sold locally as well as around the world. He tells interesting stories of catching a bomb as well as bringing up whalebones.

Pat Nabozny, Shawna Lunch, Janna Piazza Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Jane Langley

Jane Langley is co-owner of the Union River Lobsterpot, a seafood restaurant in Ellsworth, Maine. The restaurant specializes in local seafood as this is what the tourists demand when they come to Maine. The best sellers for seafood are lobsters and haddock. Jane describes the joys and woes of running a seasonal restaurant.

Chris Johnston, Felicia Hill, Jessica Carter, Steve Weisman Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine