Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

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    Principal Investigator:
    Natalie Springuel
  • Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, and the Island Institute, with support from the Maine Fishermen’s Forum Board of Directors.

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Bobby Ingalls and Reggie Lee

Bobby Ingalls and Reggie Lee, fishermen from Bucks Harbor, ME, and Westport Island, ME, respectively, discuss longlining, lobstering, shrimping, and groundfishing, focusing on how the industries have changed and their experiences in each of these fisheries. Lee closes the interview by telling a story of how his dog saved his life while he was fishing alone.

Natalie Springuel, Giulia Cardoso Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, Long Island Traditions, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Valerie Peacock

Valerie Peacock, an education consultant and head of the Eastern Maine Skippers Program from Bar Harbor, ME, speaks about how she came to love the ocean and fishing communities, her background working in the fishing communities of Bar Harbor, and her concern about Maine communities losing a sense of the cultural value of fishing.

Eliza Oldach , Natalie Springuel Rockland, ME University of California, Davis, Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Butch Harris

Butch Harris, a fisherman and summertime charter captain from Eastport, ME, talks about the community in his hometown, how he grew up and decided to stay in Eastport, the impact of the growing tourist economy on his home, the changing landscape of Downeast fisheries, and the history of his family in the area.

Matt Frassica, Griffin Pollock Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Tom Duym

Tom Duym, from Lamoine, ME, shares his decade-long experience as an educator dedicated to supporting high school students from fishing backgrounds in developing skills and knowledge that are relevant to their career interests and will empower them as community members.

Galen Koch, Giulia Cardoso Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Chris Petersen

Chris Petersen, a professor of biology and ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, talks about his research on marine resources, what he values about smaller communities, the changes in the scientific community over the past decades, and the challenges faced by scientists working in Frenchman Bay

Matt Frassica, Griffin Pollock Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Cormac Hondros-McCarthy

Cormac Hondros-McCarthy, from Lowell, MA, is part of a team of engineers at LobsterLift LLC developing ropeless lobster traps to reduce the risk of whale entanglement. In this interview, he explains how their idea originated, how the technology works, and his hopes of collaborating with Maine lobstermen for sea trials and fine-tuning of the traps.

Natalie Springuel, Giulia Cardoso Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Dana Morse

Dana Morse, from Walpole, ME, describes his work at his day job as an extension agent for Maine Sea Grant and his side job as an oyster farmer on the New Meadows River. He tells the story of the past six years—and four boats—of Nice Oyster Company and how getting involved in the industry has changed his role at Maine Sea Grant. He shares his vision for the future of aquaculture in Maine, where capture and culture industries can work together.

Eliza Oldach , Natalie Springuel Rockland, ME University of California, Davis, Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Dave Cousens and Edwin McKie

In this interview, Dave Cousens—a lobsterman from Waterman's Beach, South Thomaston, ME—and Edwin McKie—a lobsterman from Bay of Fortune, Prince Edward Island, Canada—speak about the social and legal differences between Canadian and U.S. lobster fishing and the projects, such as meetings and the Eastern Maine Skippers Program, that they have worked on together. After meeting sometime between 1998 and 1999, Cousens and McKie have worked together to increase communication and education on the differences between the lobster industry in the U.S. and Canada.

Natalie Springuel, Corina Gribble Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Freda McKie and Edwin McKie

Edwin and Freda McKie talk about what it means to go lobstering on Prince Edward Island (PEI), Canada, touching upon the gear they use, the regulations in place, and the different social dynamics on different parts of PEI. This leads into a comparison with how the fishery is run and regulated and it brings back memories of Maine lobstermen and students visiting PEI in recent years.

Galen Koch, Giulia Cardoso Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
John Cox

John Cox, a clam manager in Jonesboro, ME, gives his opinion on topics relevant to someone working on flats. Through a thick Downeast accent, Cox talks about the business acumen that fishermen ought to have, the impact of green crabs, and the opportunities and pitfalls presented by farming.

Galen Koch Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019