Hannah Cinnemantaro

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Accompanied At Sea: Voices from the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program


For 40 years, fisheries observers have sailed with New England fishermen, documenting catches and practices. Despite being outsiders, they offer a unique perspective on fisheries management. They work with various gear types, from trawls to lobster pots, covering a wide range of species. In a month, they travel from Maine to North Carolina, meeting diverse crews from around the world. This project shares their untold stories, shedding light on the fishing industry from a different angle.

Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting

Principal Investigator
Biographical Sketch

Hannah Cinnemantaro is a marine observer with a rich family history in the marine industry. Born and raised in Ipswich, Massachusetts, Hannah grew up close to the ocean, influenced by her parents, who both worked in the marine industry. Her mother worked on a Whale Watch since she was pregnant with Hannah, and her father worked on another Whale Watch boat and in the marine industry with oil riggers. Hannah's love for the ocean led her to an internship on a whale watch out of Gloucester, Massachusetts, where she collected quantitative and qualitative data on humpbacks on Stellwagen Bank. Hannah's work as a marine observer has given her a wealth of experience, from multi-day trips to day trips and working with different types of vessels and gears. She has a preference for pot trap gear and enjoys the interaction with the crew members who are often interested in her work.

Scope and Content Note:
This interview with Hannah Cinnemantaro, conducted by Sarah Weeks, provides an in-depth look into Hannah's life and experiences as a marine observer. The interview covers Hannah's upbringing in Ipswich, Massachusetts, her family's history in the marine industry, and her own experiences working on the ocean. Hannah shares her experiences working on different types of vessels, her preferences for certain types of gear, and the relationships she forms with the crew members during her trips. She also discusses the challenges she faces, such as dealing with seasickness and the fast-paced nature of certain types of trips. The interview provides valuable insights into the life and work of a marine observer, offering a unique perspective on the marine industry. It is a valuable resource for those interested in marine biology, oceanography, and related fields.

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