Jay Speakman talks about his varied fishing experience first lobstering as a youth in the 1950's and 60's during the summers in Little Cranberry Island, Maine and later fishing year round in that community in the early 1970's. After leaving Maine he fished for a period of time in British Columbia and Alaska in the 1970's gill netting herring roe, long lining and seining for halibut, set netting for salmon and King Crabbing. He discusses changes in the fisheries.
The Working Waterfront Festival Community Documentation Project is an ongoing oral history project documenting the history and culture of the commercial fishing industry and other port trades. The project was begun in 2004 in conjunction with the Working Waterfront Festival, an annual, education celebration of commercial fishing culture which takes place in New Bedford, MA. Interviewees have included a wide range of individuals connected to the commercial fishing industry and/or other aspects of the port through work or familial ties. While the majority of interviewees are from the port of New Bedford, the project has also documented numerous individuals from other ports around the country. Folklorist and Festival Director Laura Orleans and Community Scholar/Associate Director Kirsten Bendiksen are Project Leaders. The original recordings reside at the National Council for the Traditional Arts in Maryland with listening copies housed at the Festival's New Bedford office.
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