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The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project

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    Principal Investigator:
    Laura Orleans, Kirsten Bendiksen
Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Paul Swain, Part 3

Mr. Swain is a retired port agent who worked as a lumper, a fisherman, and an auctioneer at the old New Bedford fish auction. In this interview, Mr. Swain discusses his career as a port agent, the changes in his job, the auction, and the industry. He describes in detail both his work as a port agent and how the auction worked.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Donald Spooner

Former Navy man Donald Spooner worked a variety of jobs before ending up in a in the fishing industry making "doors" for trawlers in the 1950's and 1960's.

Markham Starr New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Jay Speakman

Jay Speakman talks about his varied fishing experience first lobstering as a youth in the 1950's and 60's during the summers in Little Cranberry Island, Maine and later fishing year round in that community in the early 1970's. After leaving Maine he fished for a period of time in British Columbia and Alaska in the 1970's gill netting herring roe, long lining and seining for halibut, set netting for salmon and King Crabbing. He discusses changes in the fisheries.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Shawn Sipple

Mr. Sipple discusses his life in the fishing industry in New Bedford, MA, and the effects of regulations on the industry.

Millie Rahn New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Deb and Ron Shrader

Mr. Shrader, an active commercial fisherman, is joined by his wife, Deb Shrader, the executive director of Shore Support, a fisherman's advocacy organization, in this interview.  Mr. and Mrs. Shrader talk about the current regulations affecting the fishing industry and their family.

Millie Rahn New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Lynn Selboe

Ms. Selboe is a commercial fisherman from New Bedford, MA.  She speaks about her experiences in the fishing industry particularly how the regulations affects the industry and being a woman in the industry.

Julie Olson New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Jack Saunders

Mr. Saunders, the owner of Pier Oil in New Bedford, MA, speaks about his early involvement in commercial fishing and his current business providing fueling facilities.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Angela Sanfilippo

Ms. Sanfilippo, from an Italian fishing family, lives in Gloucester, Massachusetts. She is the Executive Director of the Gloucester Fisherman's Wives Association, an advocacy group for the fishing industry.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Renee Rusco

A true southerner, Renee Rusco got her site when the “cook didn’t call."  She has fished from Alaska down the Pacific Coast, and earns her respect by always “pulling her weight."

Madeleine Hall-Arber Woods Hole, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Jim Ruhle

Mr. Ruhle, a commercial fisherman from North Carolina, speaks about his experiences in the fishing industry. He also discusses his current research work that parallels state research.

Janice Gadaire Fleuriel New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project

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