Jake Southerland | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Jake Southerland

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Maine Sea Grant Alewife and Eel Oral Histories

In 2013-2014, Maine Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries collaborated to document and showcase harvesters’ knowledge of alewives, blueback herring, and American eels in Downeast Maine. The project was funded through a NOAA Preserve America grant. Julia Beaty, a Maine Sea Grant scholar who recently graduated from the University of Maine with a master’s in marine science and a master’s in marine policy, researched the history of each species in eastern Maine and conducted dozens of interviews with harvesters and other stakeholders.

principal investigator
Interviewer
Date of Interview
06-04-2014
Biographical Sketch

Jake Southerland is an alewife harvester in Orland, ME. In this interview, he describes the process of catching alewives, the differences between alewives and blueback herring, and the importance of the fishery to the lobster industry.


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