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 Collection Sort descending Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation
Alex DeKoning Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

Alex DeKoning, a mussel farmer based out of Bar Harbor, ME, is the son of seventh generation mussel farmers from Holland. DeKoning and his family run the only mussel farms in North America that farm mussels on the bottom instead of on ropes. He talks about the integration of an immigrant into life on the coast of Maine, the process of farming mussels, and how his methods differ from the norm.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum
Dana Morse Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

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
Daniel Devereaux Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

Daniel Devereaux, from Brunswick, ME, is harbor master, clam warden, and cofounder of Mere Point Oyster Company in Maquoit Bay. In this interview, he talks about the problems that his new farm is facing at the hands of coastal property owners, how those conflicts are being resolved, how aquaculture ought to be accepted by environmentalists, and the continuing gentrification of the Maine coast.

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

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
Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil, from Cooperstown, NY, both work for the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety as a research assistant and research coordinator, respectively. Their main project has been working with fishermen to increase their use of lifejackets while fishing. They have focused on talking with fishermen about why they choose not to use lifejackets, what their concerns are, and how they can help improve lifejacket design to make them more appropriate for the job.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum
Chris Petersen Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

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
Sonya Corbett Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

Sonya Corbett, a trap-maker with Sea Rose Trap Company in South Portland, ME, speaks about being a woman in the lobster industry, her transition to trap-making, her involvement with Portland political organizing, and her love for the industry.

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

In this interview, Marc Hoffman—from the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Panel and based in New York City, NY—talks about his automobile lubricant company M. K. Hoffman Association and shares his perspective and involvement in the 2008 global recession in oil prices and failure of home mortgages. He also talks about his recent book Shell Game.

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

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
Adam Mistler Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019

Adam Mistler, a representative from the environmental NGO Ocean Conservancy in Washington, DC, talks about their efforts to include and listen to fishermen and other ocean stakeholders in their environmental campaigns and how important it is to fight misconceptions on both sides to advance successful and supported ocean conservation and planning projects.

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