Maine Coast Oral History Initiative | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Maine Coast Oral History Initiative

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    Joshua Wrigley
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Fred Viola

Portland Fish Exchange lumper Fred Viola talks about his career lumping fish in Portland and changes in the fishing industry.

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley South Portland, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Edward Thorbjornson

Fisherman Edward Thorbjornson of Tenant's Harbor, ME recalls his career fishing with the 40 Fathom redfish fleet, shrimping and groundfish dragging.

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Tenants Harbor, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Gladden Schrock

Fisherman Gladden Schrock of South Bristol, ME shares recollections of his career in the stop seine herring fishery. Interview contains descriptions of the community of South Bristol, technical aspects of stop seining, recollections of fishing crews and mentors.   

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley South Bristol, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Kelo Pinkham

Kelo Pinkham is a fisherman and lobsterman living in Boothbay Harbor, ME. During this interview, he shared information about the Northern Shrimp and groundfish fisheries. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Boothbay Harbor, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Gary Libby, Part 2

Captain Gary Libby of Port Clyde, ME shares recollections of his career as a groundfish and shrimp fisherman. Interview contains descriptions of Maine's inshore groundfish fishery, management practices and thoughts on environmental change. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Gary Hatch

Purse seiner Gary Hatch of Owls Head, ME recalls his career in the herring and scallop fisheries. Interview contains information on purse seining, scalloping, federal regulations, closed areas and mid-water trawling. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Owls Head, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Robert Dyer

Robert Dyer was born on August 4, 1931 on Chebeague Island in Casco Bay.  He worked as a stop seiner, lobsterman and cannery worker for much of his life in the Portland and Casco Bay areas.  He is a cousin of Bruce Dyer of Cliff Island who also sat for a recording.  As of this interview in 2013, Robert was still living on Chebeague Island and in Yarmouth.  Interview contains discussions of: stop seining, herring canneries, bait prices, sardine prices, locations for stop seining, whale encounters, life on Chebeague Island, purse seining, carriers, bailing and pumping herring.  Robert Dyer’s

Joshua Wrigley Chebeague Island, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Bruce Dyer

Interview with Bruce Dyer, a stop seine herring fisherman and lifelong resident of Cliff Island, ME.  Interview contains information on Mr. Dyer's career in the stop seine herring fishery and lobster fishery, his observations on herring behavior, fishing methods, locations, fishing techniques and island life.

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Cliff Island, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Randy Cushman

Fisherman Randy Cushman of Port Clyde, ME shares recollections of his career on the water. Mr. Cushman is captain of the dragger, Ella Christine, out of Port Clyde and a member of the Maine Coast Community Sector. 


This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative
Eva Cushman

Eva Cushman of Port Clyde, ME speaks about her experience working in the Port Clyde sardine factories, her husband's fishing business and life in Port Clyde, ME. 

This interview was produced with funding from the Maine Humanities Council.

Joshua Wrigley Port Clyde, ME Maine Coast Fishermen's Association, The Island Institute Maine Coast Oral History Initiative