The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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
Chris Rodriques

Chris Rodriques worked in several New Bedford fish houses during the 1970s and 1980s and saw the changes in that sector as a result of the strike and the loss of the fish house workers union.

Markham Starr New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Leonard Roche

Dr. Leonard Roche is a retired fisherman who had a simultaneous career as an educator and school principal. He got his start lumping and was later involved in working with Gerry Studds to draft the Studds-Magnuson Bill he was also active representing the fishing industry on several organizations (Boat Owners United; Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Treaty Organization). Of Newfoundland descent, he describes the relationship between the fishing communities in Newfoundland and New Bedford.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
John Reardon

John Reardon is the general manager for IMP Fishing Gear Limited in New Bedford and a former fisherman. He speaks about changes in the fishing industry that he has seen.

Millie Rahn New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Marco Randanzzo

A retired Gloucester fisherman, Marco Randazzo immigrated to Gloucester from Sicily in 1969. From a family of fisherman he continued fishing and was usually hired as the ?twine man? in charge of maintaining and repairing the nets. In his retirement, he has taken his skill with knots and rope and creates rope sculptures of figures and religious icons, many related to his life on the sea. He talks about his craft, his work as a fishermen and the future of the industry.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Carlos Rafael

Mr. Rafael was born in the Azores before immigrating to the US (New Bedford, MA). He is the owner of Carlos Seafood, Inc, a boat owner of approx. 17 boats, and an owner of a fish house and warehouse.

Millie Rahn New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Thomas Quintin

New Bedford native Thomas Quintin journeys from deckhand to captain and describes the struggle of this self proclaimed “dinosaur” trying to remain viable against a growing corporate fishing industry.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Bob and Helene Quinn

Bob Quinn and Helene Quinn and their ancestors have lived and worked on Eagle Island in Penobscot Bay Maine for generations. Bob got his start working on a pumper in the sardine industry and eventually began lobstering. Bob is now passing the torch to his grandson, Sam, who is eagerly embracing a life at sea.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Betsy Pye

Ms. Pye, a life long resident of New Bedford, Massachusetts, works at the New Bedford Oceanarium. She has never fished, although speaks about her experiences growing up, living and working in a community that surrounds the fishing industry.

Julie Olson New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Mark Phillips

Mark Phillips is the owner/operator of an 83-foot dragger F/V ILLUSION. He fishes out of Greenport, Long Island NY and New Bedford. He has been fishing for 35 years. He talks about his operation (what he fishes for, where he fishes, his crew, storms, etc.). He also discusses the impact of regulations including the catch share/sector system; changes in technology (gear and communications); political advocacy; and tension between environmentalists and industry.

Madeleine Hall-Arber New Bedford, MA Working Waterfront Festival The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project
Susan Peterson

Mrs. Peterson is a retired anthropologist who worked for NMFS at Woods Hole in the 1970s and 1980s. She spent two years attending the daily New Bedford Fish Auction to study the fishing community in New Bedford. She is also a co-founder of the Coalition for Buzzards Bay, a non-profit based in New Bedford which focuses on the health of Buzzards Bay.

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

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