These interviews were conducted as part of Ellsworth High School's participation in the NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) Local Fisheries Knowledge Pilot Project 2003-2005. All 10th graders participated in this interdisciplinary project that involved English, History, Social Studies, and Biology classes. To read about the LFK Project, go to http://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/lfkproject/.
Interview with Michael Rioux, scallop and urchin diver and lobsterman, retired. He lives in Surry, Maine and worked out of Blue Hill Bay and Stonington, Maine. He spoke about the depletion of the local urchin fishery, driven by international market demands; and the resulting need for conservation. Regarding lobster harvest, he spoke about territorial issues such as informal boundary lines developed by local lobstermen and the difficulty of being a newcomer to the fishery. In relation to scallop diving, he discussed the danger and difficulty of the job.
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