James Crossen

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Voices from the Science Centers


Voices from the Science Centers is an oral history initiative dedicated to documenting the institutional knowledge of fisheries scientists and administrators in the labs of NOAA’s Fisheries Science Centers.

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James Crossen was born in Boston in 1926 and served in the Pacific Ocean during World War II. This experience helped him during the 1,200+days he was at sea during his long career. He began his career in 1955 with the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries which later became the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Interview contains discussions of: Albatross III, arrival of Albatross IV, conditions at sea on board research vessels, development of the first underwater camera system for counting fish, Image Orthicon camera tube, development of a fish egg counter, creation and use of a time-depth recorder and creation of the Alvin submersible.

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