Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms

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    Principal Investigator:
    Theresa Talley, Paul K. Dayton
  • Decisions about ocean and coastal regulation and management, and marine resources, often end up being made without heavy involvement of fishermen, aquafarmers, and others with strong local knowledge (for a variety of reasons), yet their stories and points of view offer some of the deepest insights into these issues and their potential solutions.

    Our goal was, therefore, to hear from several local ocean experts about their views of how the environment and society surrounding our oceans has changed and why. Oral histories are an effective way to document local knowledge and information that might otherwise be unheard and eventually lost. Further, videos or transcripts of fishermen’s stories are an effective way of engaging the public and increasing awareness of the issues to help garner political and social support for local industry, resource protection and localization of food supply chains.

    Through insightful interviews led by renowned marine ecologist Paul Dayton, himself a pioneer in ocean science, we spoke with four San Diego ocean pioneers- two longtime San Diego fishermen, an aquaculturist, and an underwater videographer- and asked them to reflect on their lives and careers; on trends they’ve observed in the environment, fishing and ocean culture, and public perceptions; and on lessons they've learned in order to inform decisions now surrounding marine resource use.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Chuck Nicklin

Interview with San Diego born SCUBA diving pioneer and photographer, Chuck Nicklin, conducted on 29 January 2014 at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Dr. Paul K. Dayton, Emeritus Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography was the interviewer.

Paul K. Dayton La Jolla, CA Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Sea Grant Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms
David Leighton

Interview with semi-retired aquaculturist, David Leighton, conducted on 19 December 2013 at Carlsbad Aquafarm in Carlsbad California. Dr. Paul K. Dayton, Emeritus Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography was the interviewer.

Paul K. Dayton Carlsbad, CA Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Sea Grant Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms
John La Grange

Interview with retired San Diego commercial fisherman, John La Grange conducted on December 3, 2013 at John's home in Solana Beach, California. Dr. Paul K. Dayton, Emeritus Professor at Scripps Institution of Oceanography was the interviewer.

Paul K. Dayton, Theresa Talley Solana Beach, CA Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Sea Grant Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms
Peter Halmay

Interview with Peter Halmay, President of the San Diego Fishermen's Working Group, diver, commercial fisherman on December 4, 2013, at Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, California, including a special interview of Peter by Anna Talley, 2nd Grade, McKinley Elementary School on September 27, 2014.

Paul K. Dayton, Anna Talley , La Jolla, CA Scripps Institution of Oceanography, California Sea Grant, McKinley Elementary School Histories of San Diego’s Fisheries and Farms

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