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Peconic Estuary Interviews

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    Nancy Solomon
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Ed Warner, Sr.

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Jon Semlear

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Tom Ruhle

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Doug Rogers, Part 2

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Doug Rogers, Part 1

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Howard Pickerell

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Milt Miller

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Jim McKearn

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Jack Kelly

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews
Wayne Grothe

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 Peconic Estuary Interviews