Fred Mattera

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Sector Management in New England


This project documents fishery management related changes in individuals, households, and communities in New England.

Date of Interview

Angela Wilson

Biographical Sketch

Fred Mattera is a recently retired commercial fisherman out of Point Judith, Rhode Island. He belonged to sector 5 before retiring and is currently functioning as a liaison between sector 5 fishermen and the out-of-state sector manager. Most recently, Mr. Mattera predominantly fished both inshore and offshore squid, but has also groundfished in the past which is why he's in sector 5. He is very active in the fisheries community. He has a generally positive outlook on sector management but believes the key to success in sectors is to have more fish available to everyone. His overall outlook on life and income have been improved by sector management, though he believes there should have been a buy-out option for those that wanted to get out of the fishing industry when sector management was instituted. He believes it is important to continue to uphold and foster the spirit of fishing and the local community that has been so integral to the fishing industry and helped so many fishermen.

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