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Robert Fritchey

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Tim Adams

Interview with Tim Adams, Commercial fisherman

Robert Fritchey Sebastian, FL New Moon Press Gulf Wars: Florida Net Ban
Tim Adams

In 1980, fisherman Tim Adams relocated his fishing operation further up the coast, from Jupiter to Sebastian. From that fishing town on old Route 1, it’s just a short hop through Sebastian Inlet, to the ocean and its fisheries. Even closer, the lagoon’s waters teemed with a variety of fish, from silver mullet that Adams netted for recreational fishing bait, to the tasty spotted seatrout, redfish, and pompano that southern retailers and restaurants cherished.  

Robert Fritchey Sebastian, FL New Moon Press Gulf Wars: Florida Net Ban
Michael Davis

Like many of the fishermen, Mike Davis still keeps his boats on the island, but has moved his home to the more affordable mainland.

Both Mike and his wife Beth are from old Florida families that worked hard to build theregion’s economy and weathered its ups and downs. So it’s only natural that when their town’s prosperity and their own livelihood were threatened by a vote of the public, the Davis’s fought as hard as they could.

Robert Fritchey Cedar Key, FL New Moon Press Gulf Wars: Florida Net Ban
Jimmy Milewski

Jimmy Milewski was one of Erie’s last fishermen. Milewski’s father had worked in the town’s steel mills and boiler shops; he also netted fish from the lake’s waters during the spring run. Jimmy, 55, learned to fish on his father’s boat as a kid. Later, he bought his own boat and, like his dad, both fished and worked for a wage.

Robert Fritchey Erie, PA New Moon Press Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen
Alvin Johnston

Former Minnesota commercial fisherman and author of regional fishing history, “A Time to Fish and A Time to Dry Nets: Lake of the Woods

Robert Fritchey Warroad, MN New Moon Press Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen
Jerry Mathers

Jerry Mathers was one of eight remaining commercial fishermen working out of the port of Erie, Pennsylvania, when state legislators in 1994 outlawed the use of gill nets.

Robert Fritchey , Erie, PA New Moon Press Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen
Billy Munch

Billy Munch, 44, was a full-time fisherman, one of Erie’s highliners. In addition to fishing, he also ran Munch Fish Company, which his father had started more than half a century before the Pennsylvania Legislature brought it all to an end.  After the state took his gill nets, Munch, of course, wanted to remain on the water and in the fish business.

Robert Fritchey Erie, PA New Moon Press Minnesota and Great Lakes Fishermen
William Templeton

Married to a Smith graduate, Bill fished all his life but worked some years as a contractor to earn sufficient funds. When he retired he went back to fishing. Helped pioneer trotline fishery for red drum, etc. Opposed gamefish bill in Texas and assembled extensive archives on gamefish disputes in Texas.

Robert Fritchey , Sargent, TX New Moon Press Wetland Riders
John Nixon

Interview with longliner John Nixon

Robert Fritchey Rockport, TX New Moon Press Wetland Riders
Walter Mengen

Mengden was an oilman and Republican senator in the Texas Legislature where he was one of the commercial fishermen’s staunchest defenders during 1981 gamefish fight over red drum and spotted seatrout. Interviewed over the phone in July 1993, when he was retired from the legislature.

Robert Fritchey Houston, TX New Moon Press Wetland Riders

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