Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

  • Collection DOI:
    Principal Investigator:
    Lekelia Jenkins
  • Partnering with the Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum in Biloxi, Mississippi and various Sea Grant programs, this project collects and preserves early 1980s Turtle Excluder Device (TED) oral histories from the inventors of early TEDs, the NOAA Fisheries and Sea Grant personnel central to the development of TEDs, and local shrimpers about their experiences using the early TEDs.

Interviewee Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Michael J. Harris Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Mike Harris, Chief of Nongame Conservation Section, Wildlife Resources Division, Georgia DNR. Harris began work for Georgia DNR's Coastal Resources Division in 1986 and worked on introducing TEDs in the Georgia shrimping industry. In this interview, Harris speaks about the development of TEDs from Sinkey Boone's original Jellyball Shooter, federal regulations and attitudes in the fishing industry toward conservation measures.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Unknown Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi - Northern Gulf Institute
Susan Shipman Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Susan Shipman, born February 4, 1954 in Dyersburg, Tennessee.  At the time of the interview, Susan was retired from her position as Director of Coastal Resources Division with the Georgia DNR and had oversight responsibility for marine fisheries as well as research, surveys and marsh/shore protection and permitting.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey St. Simons Island, GA Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Bob Jones Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Bob Jones, born in 1933, who at the time of the interview was the Executive Director of the Southeast Fisheries Association. Interview contains his recollections of the implementation of TEDs within the fishery, opinions on federal management, thoughts on the decline of the shrimp fishery, industry challenges and relations with environmental organizations.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Unknown Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
John Watson Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with John Watson, born May 23, 1948 in Baton Rouge, LA. At the time of the interview he was retired from NOAA Fisheries and working as a consultant. He had been Director of the Mississippi Laboratories in Pascagoula, Mississippi overseeing all of the lab operations.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Moss Point, MS Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Andrew Kemmerer Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Dr. Andrew J. Kemmerer was born on February 11, 1938, in Bryan, Texas. In his early youth, Kemmerer lived in College Station, Texas, eventually moving to Tucson, Arizona at six years old.  Kemmerer spent most of his childhood at his Tucson home and quickly developed an adoration for the outdoors. He spent his summers working with the Arizona Game & Fish Department, the Parks Service, and several other employers that allowed him to work outside. In 1960, Kemmerer graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Brandon, MS Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Michael Weber Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Michael Weber, born November 2, 1949 in Hawthorne, California.  At the time of the interview, Weber was a program officer for the Resources Legacy Fund.  In this interview, he discusses aspects of sea turtle conservation and issues surrounding the implementation of bycatch reduction devices. Redondo Beach

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Redondo Beach, CA Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Tom McIlwain Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Biographical Sketch

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Ocean Springs, MS Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
John Mitchell Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

John Mitchell was born October 29, 1955, in Chicago Heights, Illinois.  He is a Unit Leader for the Harvesting Systems Unit, NOAA Fisheries, Southeast Fishery Science Center, Mississippi Laboratories. Mitchell started out working as a fisheries technician at the Pascagoula laboratory in 1981, working as a fisheries observer on Japanese longliners that were fishing in the Gulf of Mexico for tuna. He would ride the boats for months. He would sometimes transfer from one boat to another at sea.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Pascagoula, MS Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Sonny Morrison Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Sonny Morrison born in 1923 in McClellenville, South Carolina. Interview contains information on the introduction of Turtle Excluder Devices and Mr. Morrison's own experiences in the shrimp fisheries.

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey McClellanville, SC Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi
Sally Murphy Turtle Excluder Device Oral Histories

Interview with Sally Murphy born October 16, 1943 in Savannah, GA. Murphy is the retired Sea Turtle Coordinator of the SC Dept. of Natural Resources. She established their turtle conservation program and conducted research to determine impacts on sea turtles and management of recovery efforts. Her work also included monitoring declines in the species as well as education and outreach to the public. Interview Topics: Sinkey Boone, Georgia Jumper, Super Shooter, Bycatch reduction devices, Started as Co-Leader of Turtle Recovery Team in 1979

Stephanie Scull-DeArmey Unknown Maritime and Seafood Industry Museum, University of Southern Mississippi