Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

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    Principal Investigator:
    Lisa L. Colburn, Kate E. Yentes
  • The oral histories are an in depth look at how the fishing industry affects individual fishermen as well as their  families. The oral histories also allow us to gain inside perspective  on how management regulations affect the social and cultural aspects of people in the fishery.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Pam Smith Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Pam Smith is a school teacher from Jonesport, Maine, with a rich family history tracing back to Ireland. She is the second of four siblings, with her older brother living on Beal's Island, her younger brother having lived in California and now shipping out, and her sister residing in Florida. Her husband is a fisherman, involved in various fisheries including quahogging, lobstering, scallop diving, and tuna fishing. He originally bought his boat in 1987 for gill netting, but lost his ground fish permit the same year. Despite this setback, he has managed to make a living from fishing.

Lisa Colburn Jonesport, ME NOAA Fisheries
Diane Williams Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Diane is the wife of a lobsterman.  She speaks about how regulations are impacting her family.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Lisa Colburn , Amy Gerber Stonington, ME NOAA Fisheries
Tracey Bowen Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Tracey Bowen, the wife of a fisherman, describes what it was like when her husband became a fisherman.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Lisa Colburn , Azure Dee Westwood Newport, RI NOAA Fisheries
Anonymous Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

She was the wife of a fishermen. She discusses her husband's history in fishing and family ties to other fishermen.Project

Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Azure Dee Westwood Rhode Island NOAA Fisheries
Maryellen Brown Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Maryellen Brown, often referred to as Mary, is a resident of West Kingston, Rhode Island, living at 35 Erica Court. She is forty-nine years old and moved to Rhode Island from Connecticut when she was fourteen. Maryellen is married to a fisherman and has been involved in the fishing community since she was fifteen. She has been married for twenty-five years and has lived in her current residence for eleven years. Maryellen is also a mother to three children.

Azure Dee Westwood Narragansett, RI NOAA Fisheries
Anonymous Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

She describes her life as the wife of a fisherman and how regulations have changed their life plan.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Lisa Colburn , Azure Dee Westwood Narragansett, RI NOAA Fisheries
Scott Drabinowicz Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Scott is the captain of a long-lining vessel and he speaks about his involvement in fishing.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Olivia Marcus South Kingstown, RI NOAA Fisheries
Junio Filippini Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries

Junio, a former fisherman, is originally from Brazil.  He speaks about what it was like fishing in Brazil compared to when he fished in the United States.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Location: www.voices.nmfs.noaa.gov
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

Kate Yentes Narragansett, RI NOAA Fisheries