Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

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    Julia Beaty
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Darrell Young

In this interview, alewife fisherman Darrell Young describes the Maine alewife fishery and some of the environmental challenges that this anadromous species faces.

Julia Beaty Franklin, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Rick Welch

In this interview, alewife harvester Rick Welch reflects on the Downeast Maine alewife fishery. The interview contains his thoughts on the effects of dams, the desirability of alewives as lobster bait and the difference between alewives and blueback herring.

Julia Beaty Ellsworth, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Jake Southerland

Jake Southerland is an alewife harvester in Orland, ME. In this interview, he describes the process of catching alewives, the differences between alewives and blueback herring, and the importance of the fishery to the lobster industry.

Julia Beaty Orland, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
William Milliken

Elver harvester William Milliken of Maine describes in this interview the process of fishing for elvers using dip and fyke nets. Having been active in the fishery since 1992, Milliken offers perspectives on ASMFC management and current threats to the elver population.

Julia Beaty Jonesport, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Julie Keene

In this interview, Lubec elver harvester Julie Keene discusses the elver fishery, competition with indigenous people, the demise of the urchin fishery and current regulations.

Julia Beaty Lubec, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Randy Bushey

Randy Bushey, an elver buyer and fisherman, describes his role in the industry and the politics of elver fishing in Downeast Maine. The interview includes opinions on federal regulations, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and eel behavior and biology. Bushey discusses his attempts to import eels from Caribbean island nations.

Julia Beaty Steuben, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Ed Bassett

Ed Bassett describes in this interview the importance of alewives to the Passamaquoddy tribe in Downeast Maine. The interview contains his recollections of how the marine ecosystem appeared to prior generations and the challenges facing alewives right now.

Julia Beaty Perry, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Brian Altvater

Brian Altvater, chair of the Schoodic River Keepers, discusses in this interview attempts to restore Maine waterways. The interview contains descriptions of alewife runs, elvers, legislation to remove dams and the environmental effects of dam removal.

Julia Beaty Pleasant Point, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories
Hugh Akagi

Hugh Akagi is chief of the Passamaquoddy on in the community of St. Andrews New Brunswick. His interview contains descriptions of the political challenges facing alewives and their meaning for indigenous communities. Akagi worked at a biological station on St. Andrews for Canadian DFO.

Julia Beaty Pleasant Point, ME NOAA-NMFS, Maine Sea Grant Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories