Townsend, GA | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Townsend, GA

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Charlie Phillips

Interview with Charlie Phillips.

Jennifer Sweeney Tookes, Danielle Sayre Townsend, GA UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, Georgia Southern University Fishing Traditions & Fishing Futures in Georgia
Charlie Phillips

This interview with Charlie Phillips, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council member, was conducted as part of the SERO Fishery Managers Oral History project. This project is a collection of oral histories by individuals who participate in fishery management within the Southeast Region of the U.S. and consists of individuals who serve on the regional councils and their scientific and advisory panels or staff. This interview with Mr.

Christina Package-Ward Townsend, GA NOAA-NMFS Southeast Regional Office SERO Fishery Manager Oral History Project
Robert Thorpe

Reverend Robert Thorpe, one of the original members of the Harris Neck community explains fishing, crabbing, and oyster picking in McIntosh County, Georgia. He recounts the locations and ownership succession of oyster factories in the area. Thorpe's oral history describes how catch was sold in Harris Neck and surrounding communities to support his family; the roles of men and women working in oyster plants; and wintertime trapping as a way to supplement fishing income.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Olive Smith

Olive Smith is one of the original members of the Harris Neck community in McIntosh County Georgia. In her oral history, she explains how her mother provided food for the family by picking oysters at low tide during the winters and catching crabs. Olive's account is a brief glimpse of what life was like for the women of this fishing community.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Wilson Moran

Mr. Wilson Moran, historian and Harris Neck decedent describes environmental stewardship in the local oyster and crab fishery. He gives an account of changes in the fishery due to anthropogenic impacts including pollution and over harvesting. Mr. Moran concludes his oral history explaining his father's work as a commercial crab fisherman and how a working knowledge of the estuary contributed to success in the fishery.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Ernest L. McIntosh Sr.

Ernest L. McIntosh Sr. is an oysterman and blue crab fisherman in Harris Neck, GA. Known in the community as the :last Black blue crab fisherman," Mr. McIntosh shares his family's history in the crabbing business from building a plant to providing jobs for members of the community. He also discusses the circumstances of his family's exit from the commercial fishing industry; as well as the environmental and business changes he's seen in the fishery since he started in the late 70's.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman
Kenneth Dunham

Mr. Kenneth Dunham describes his early life in the rural coastal Georgia community of Harris Neck. Kenneth describes his father's role in the community as a boat builder, and how lessons in woodwork, carpentry, and boat building have been passed for generations. Kenneth talks about (and demonstrates) how nets and "trap lines" are made, as well as recounts how the different fishes, crabs, and terrapins were caught in this homemade gear.

Jolvan Morris Townsend, GA NOAA, Savannah State University Georgia Black Fisherman