Peconic Estuary Interviews | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Peconic Estuary Interviews

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    Principal Investigator:
    Nancy Solomon
  • In 1997 the Peconic Estuary Council hired Nancy Solomon to interview East End fishermen and baymen as part of its work in developing a master plan for the estuary.  Solomon interviewed ten fishermen and continued to document the east end fishermen in later years.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Bill Gaffga Peconic Estuary Interviews

Bill Gaffga is a commercial fisher from Southold, New York. His primary activities are scalloping, fin fishing, lobstering and other commercial harvesting activities.

Nancy Solomon Southold, NY Long Island Traditions
Wayne Grothe Peconic Estuary Interviews

Wayne Grothe was an active commercial fisherman until c. 2001 when he began working for the Nature Conservancy of Long Island.  A resident of Southampton, he is a keen observer of the ecological changes in the Peconics and the South Shore.

Nancy Solomon Southampton, NY Long Island Traditions
Jack Kelly Peconic Estuary Interviews

Mr. Kelly, a resident of Southold, tells of his experiences in the industry with a focus on how environmental conditions affect the catch.

Nancy Solomon Southold, NY Long Island Traditions
Jim McKearn Peconic Estuary Interviews

Jim McKearn joins this interview with Milt Miller, an elderly semi-retired fisher from East Hampton, NY when interviewed in 1997. The interview examines shellfishing and finfishing in the Peconic Estuary.  Miller passed away in 2007.

Nancy Solomon East Hampton, NY Long Island Traditions
Milt Miller Peconic Estuary Interviews

Milt Miller was an elderly semi-retired fisher from East Hampton, NY when interviewed in 1997.  The interview examines shellfishing and finfishing in the Peconic Estuary.  Joining in the interview was Jim McKearn. Miller passed away in 2007.

Nancy Solomon East Hampton, NY Long Island Traditions
Howard Pickerell Peconic Estuary Interviews

Howard Pickerell was a commercial fisher during the 1950s - 1980's in Huntington, NY. In the 1980's he began building garveys and other commercial fishing boats for East End baymen, eventually moving to Southampton. He continued to work on the bay part-time. With the demise of the East End fishing industry during the 1990's, he began working in the Town of Southampton's aquaculture program raising oysters. This interview examines the different phases of Pickerell's life.

Nancy Solomon Southampton, NY Long Island Traditions
Doug Rogers Peconic Estuary Interviews

Doug Rogers has worked the Peconic bays for 35 years. He harvests oysters and clams, and speaks about the process for getting the catch ready for market.

Nancy Solomon , East Marion, NY Long Island Traditions
Tom Ruhle Peconic Estuary Interviews

Tom Ruhle was a clam "diver" who worked on the east end of Long Island, primarily in Lake Montauk but also in East Hampton. The interview examines harvesting methods, habitat changes, and environmental and regulatory history in this area.

Nancy Solomon Montauk, NY Long Island Traditions
Jon Semlear Peconic Estuary Interviews

Bayman Jon Semlear is a pound trap fisherman and bass fisherman in Sag Harbor. In this short interview he shares his knowledge of the bay, ecological changes, and close calls he's had on the water.

Nancy Solomon Sag Harbor, NY Long Island Traditions
Ed Warner, Sr. Peconic Estuary Interviews

Ed Warner, Sr. was a trustee in the Town of Southampton, New York and a full time commercial fisher before his election.  He harvested both finfish and shellfish according to the season.  He passed away c. 2004.

Nancy Solomon Southampton, NY Long Island Traditions