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Voices of the Bay

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    Principal Investigator:
    Chelsea Prindle, Lisa Uttal
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Joey Jones

Joey Jones was a commercial fisherman who fished for salmon, albacore, anchovies, and herring along the central California coast. He speaks of how he got into commercial fishing, the boats he owned, and how the industry changed during the forty years he fished. Unfortunately, Joey Jones was lost at sea on April 3, 2008.

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Michael Zucker

Michael Zucker is a Pacific Salmon and Albacore Fisherman. At first when he started in 1971 in Santa Barbara he fished for rockfish and a decade after that, in 1981, he owned his first boat named "The Alliance." He has the resources and networks to change his lifestyle and career but he stayed in the fishing industry because he was greatly attracted to the fishing lifestyle. He saw the fishing industry as a tribe that would gather together during salmon season, which would make him so much more excited about fishing The U.S.

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Greg Young

Greg Young is an impassioned fisherman drawn to fishing by "destiny." He comes from a restaurant background which he has continued through the establishment of Sandabs, a seafood restaurant in Scott's Valley, CA. Mr. Young emphasizes the importance of a strong fishermen-sanctuary relationship because, as he explains, he and other fishermen care about healthy fish populations as much as conservationists do. Mr.

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Tim Thomas

While not a fisherman himself, Tim is a master of a history that spans more than the lifetime of any one fisherman. Starting with the indigenous tribes of the area and ending right here in the present, Mr. Thomas relates a captivating story of boom and bust, and an ongoing cycle of life both of the bay and its inhabitants. This unique perspective provides a bird's eye view of the story of fishing in the bay and takes us on a journey through time and centuries of socioeconomic change that have produced the bay we know today.

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Elizabeth Nozicka-Pennisi

Elizabeth Nozicka is not a fisherman but comes from a fishing family in Monterey and her family is greatly involved in commercial fishing over all over the world. Majority of her family and ancestors are from Sicily, while her husband is from Czech Republic. Mrs. Noricka shares the difficulties that her family suffered and still faces in the fishing industry especially with regulations and marine protected areas. Also, she explains how frustrating and difficult it is to stay in commercial fishing with regulations changing all the time.

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Jiri Nozicka, Part 2

Jiri Nozicka, a man born and raised in the Czech Republic, moved to Monterey in 1999 and has been fishing for more than 13 years up and down the Western Coast. He specializes in Fish Trawling and harvest a great variety of fish, such as: halibuts, sand dab, rockfish, black cod, etc. His passion and faith for fishing is very unique and strong.

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Jiri Nozicka, Part 1

Though he comes from the ocean-less land of the Czech Republic, Jiri Nozicka has developed a masterful understanding of fishing and its benefits. He explains that fishing as an industry does more than just put fresh fish in the hungry mouths of tourists every day, but provides a multitude of jobs at various levels within the fish to table process. Even those who work 9-5 jobs in processing plants or transporting the fish rely upon those who catch the actual product for their livelihood, an important symbiotic relationship that Jiri brings to light.

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Jim Moser

Jim Moser a local fisherman of salmon and albacore for thirty-seven years up and down the west coast. He admits that science has changed a fisherman's method of fishing and searching for fish has become more efficient. Monetary has changed as well; sometimes a fisherman's price offers does not agree with the market's pocket. Moser believes that salmon season would start back up again when policy makers finally fix the problem with water conditions and nature would take over after that.

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Alan Lovewell

Originally from a small fishing community on the east coast, Alan Lovewell came to California for school, and soon realized most Californians were not eating seafood from California. Understanding the importance of connecting the local fishing industry to the Monterey Bay community, Alan and his business partner started Local Catch Monterey, a community supported fishery (CSF). Local Catch Monterey has relationships with many of the local fishermen in the Monterey Bay Sanctuary and delivers local, fresh, sustainable seafood to consumers on a weekly basis.

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Mike Hudson

Mike Hudson is a very selective Northern California Salmon and Crab Fisherman born in Reno Nevada, raised in Germany, and he currently reside in Berkeley. Hudson comes from a long line of Native American fisherman from Canada. He finds joy in catching fish and going to the Farmer's Market with his wife and seeing the satisfaction in his buyers' faces. Hudson explains to his audience that a fisherman hardly gets lost at sea because of the technologies and gizmos in the boat, and if that fails fisherman analyzes which way the waves and wind blows then sail towards shore.

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