Ellsworth High School - Maine | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ellsworth High School - Maine

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    Principal Investigator:
    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
Brian Langley

Brian Langley, local restauranteaur , owner of seafood restaurant in Ellsworth, Maine. He spoke of the need to cater to the tourist industry and their desire for local seafood; how the weather greatly affects his product and the demand for his product; and how the sustainability of the fishing industry affects his business.

Matt Homich, Rick Trombley, Zac Lutz, Candice Macbeth Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Heath and Lee Hudson

Heath and Lee Hudson are Mussel fishermen and entrepreneurs. They have been involved with the mussel business for eight years and reflect on the changes that have occurred in this industry. They also sell a variety of fish in the business called The Frenchmen Bay Mussel Company. They discuss new technology and how it has changed the life of a fisherman along the Maine coast.

Amanda Close, Kellie Gonyea Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Herbert Hodgkins

Herbert Hodgkins first started lobster fishing as a child with his father. Later in life he ran the Tidal Falls Lobster Pound in Hancock, Maine. Today he does research with the University of Maine on different types of bait that can be used in lobster fishing. Some of the products he is testing are made from soy and also corn. He also discusses many aspects of lobster fishing in general.

Devin Pickard, Jonathan DeGiosafatto, Khem Millay, Senait Millay , Yohannes Millay Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Bob Hessler

Interview with Bob Hessler, Manager at Maine Shellfish Company, a shellfish wholesale company. His responsibilities are accounting, data processing, and purchaser of primarily lobsters. Bob discusses the economic affect of fishing on the greater Ellsworth economy and the impact of tourism and their demands for specific types of fish. He discusses quality control of catch supplied to Maine Shellfish. He talks about new technology in fish processing industry.

Cassie Cloak, Alisa Gibeault, Sarah Gauvin Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Fred Hersom

Fred Hersom is a lobster fisherman who first went out fishing with his father when he was six years old. He discusses the weather, bait, number of traps, sale of lobsters, rules and regulations, and a typical day in the life of a fisherman.

Kim Tupper, Kim Crane, Ben Rudolph Ellsworth Falls, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Peter Harvey

Peter Harvey is a systems manager in an aquaculture research facility in Franklin, Maine. This facility for the first time in the United States has been able to spawn both halibut and cod. Peter discusses the research and also the pros and cons on the debate over aquaculture.

Jay Daigle Franklin, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Billy Haas

Billy Haas is a lobster fisherman, a sea urchin diver and a scallop diver. He discusses the profession of each of these occupations and the role each plays in his life.

Shelby Pollack, Sheri Wilder Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Billy Grindle

Billy Grindle is a commercial fisherman catching tuna, swordfish, halibut and sometimes lobsters and scallops. Billy has fished both in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans in a variety of boats with a variety of machinery and crewmembers. His love for the sea with its freedom and spirituality encouraged him to stay in this profession for a long time. He describes life at sea aboard a boat.

Brittany Fellis, Eric Folmer, Cameron Dows Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Scott Fuller

Scott Fuller has worked as a lobster and scallop fisherman off Frenchmen¿s Bay in Bar Harbor. He spent most of his time as a stern man and explains the role he played in this job. He discusses the pros and cons of scallop dragging. He also talks about the territorial wars connected to fishing as well as some of the life threatening situations at being out on the sea. Known as Shakespeare, Scott was a favorite of the tourists who came to Bar Harbor and wanted to meet a local fisherman.

Morgan Fuller, Carolyn Frank, Jessica Putnam, Isabel Hopkins, Janeka Haass Bar Harbor, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine
Danner Curtis

Interview with Danner Curtis, lobsterman in Blue Hill Bay, Maine.

Anthony Britt, Amy Dalrymple, Matt Burton, Ben Deckers Ellsworth, ME NOAA/NMFS Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project Ellsworth High School - Maine