Graying of the Fleet | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Graying of the Fleet

  • Collection DOI:
    Principal Investigator:
    Suzanne Russell
  • These oral histories examine the graying phenomenon and implications for the resilience of the commercial fishing industry in two coastal communities in Oregon.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Jim Auborn Graying of the Fleet

Interview with Jim Auborn.

Courtney Leigh Flathers Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
John Holt Graying of the Fleet

Interview with John Holt.

Deanna Caracciolo Newport, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Dave Bassett Graying of the Fleet

Dave Bassett is the President of the Rotary Club of Port Orford, and a registered engineer. He was also the State President for the Professional Engineers of Oregon for two years, representing 7,000 registered engineers.

Courtney Leigh Flathers Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Phyllis Johns Graying of the Fleet

Interview with Phyllis Johns.

Courtney Leigh Flathers Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Kelly Bennette Graying of the Fleet

Interview with Kelly Bennette.

Deanna Caracciolo Newport, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Ray Johnson Graying of the Fleet

Ray Johnson is a member of the Rotary Club of Port Orford, Oregon. He was 91 years old at the time of the interview, in 2016. Ray and his wife, Charlotte Johnson (maiden name Best), moved to Port Orford in 1978 after they retired. They have 3 sons, two that live in Eugene and one that lives in Port Orford. They lived in Los Angeles for many years, Ray working in the aerospace industry and Charlotte working as a nurse. Ray also lived in Australia for 5 to 10 years. They were both very involved in the community, helping start the Sixes Fire District and the Common Good, a local food bank.

Courtney Leigh Flathers Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Tom Calvenese Graying of the Fleet

“Now, as older fishermen are getting ready to retire or are retired, what we’re seeing, people are referring to it as the 'graying of the fleet.'”

Courtney Leigh Flathers Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Gene Law Graying of the Fleet

Gene law is a fisherman in Newport, Oregon. He grew up in Half Moon Bay, California, and moved to Newport in 1980. He started fishing in high school with a friend, and bought his first boat, a 30 footer, after he graduated high school. He mainly fishes for Dungeness crab, but has also fished for tuna, salmon, shrimp, box crabs, sardines, and herring. His wife is very involved in his job as well, and they have four children. His son Matthew has his PhD in Chemical Engineering, and his younger son runs their 83-foot boat.

Deanna Caracciolo Newport, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Keith Cochran Graying of the Fleet

Interview with Keith Cochran.

Deanna Caracciolo Newport, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast
Dave McCutcheon Graying of the Fleet

Interview with Dave McCutcheon.

Deanna Caracciolo Port Orford, OR Oregon State University Marine Resource Management Program, Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Voices from the West Coast