Matt Frassica | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Matt Frassica

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Butch Harris

Butch Harris, a fisherman and summertime charter captain from Eastport, ME, talks about the community in his hometown, how he grew up and decided to stay in Eastport, the impact of the growing tourist economy on his home, the changing landscape of Downeast fisheries, and the history of his family in the area.

Matt Frassica, Griffin Pollock Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Chris Petersen

Chris Petersen, a professor of biology and ecology at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME, talks about his research on marine resources, what he values about smaller communities, the changes in the scientific community over the past decades, and the challenges faced by scientists working in Frenchman Bay

Matt Frassica, Griffin Pollock Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Philip Conkling

Philip Conkling, co-founder and former president of the Island Institute from Camden, ME, recounts how his early work as a forestry surveyor on offshore Maine islands led him to focus instead on the sustainability and development of their year-round communities. He recollects some of the most salient first successes of the Island Institute and shares his insights into the most pressing issues that fishermen and islanders have to face today.

Matt Frassica, Giulia Cardoso Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Russell Kingman

Russell Kingman, a weir fisherman and fisheries advocate from Chatham, MA, discusses how he got started in weir fishing and the changes in the species he has been seeing in his nets due to climate change. He also talks about his work with NAMA, a fisherman-led organization working to protect small-scale, owner operator fisheries against privatization and commoditization.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Sarah Madronal

Sarah Madronal, a fisheries biologist from Cutler, ME, talks about her work with the Downeast Salmon Federation around protecting waterfront access and improving fish passage for river-run fish. Madronal discusses the community she has found Downeast and her joy in working on education projects that engage local children in fisheries history.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Chad Libby, Jr.

Chad Libby is in the 11th grade at Jonesport Beals High School. He has been a lobster fisherman for as long as he can remember. His goals for the future include to lobster fish, worm, and clam, and attend college for auto mechanics. He shares his feelings about the importance of having a strong work ethic as well as some perceptions on the difference between kids growing up in urban versus rural areas. 

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil

Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil, from Cooperstown, NY, both work for the Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety as a research assistant and research coordinator, respectively. Their main project has been working with fishermen to increase their use of lifejackets while fishing. They have focused on talking with fishermen about why they choose not to use lifejackets, what their concerns are, and how they can help improve lifejacket design to make them more appropriate for the job.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Alex DeKoning

Alex DeKoning, a mussel farmer based out of Bar Harbor, ME, is the son of seventh generation mussel farmers from Holland. DeKoning and his family run the only mussel farms in North America that farm mussels on the bottom instead of on ropes. He talks about the integration of an immigrant into life on the coast of Maine, the process of farming mussels, and how his methods differ from the norm.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Bruce Bourque

Bruce Bourque lives in Freeport, ME, where he has taught archaeology and conducted research at Bates College since 1972. Now retired from teaching, he is working on a documentary film on the history of Maine's fisheries. Bourque came to the state originally to study Maine's prehistory, the period before 1600, and the people that lived on this coast. He was able to collaborate with others to combine this archaeological record with more recent accounts of fisheries history to build a longer timescale of context for how the Gulf of Maine has been changing.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019
Sam Belknap

Sam Belknap, a project leader at the Island Institute from Damariscotta, ME, talks about his interests in the anthropology of climate change, the benefits of nonprofits, and the problems with education in Maine.

Matt Frassica Rockland, ME Maine Sea Grant, The First Coast, College of the Atlantic, The Island Institute, Maine Fishermen’s Forum Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019