Kenneth Sherman

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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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Kenneth Sherman was born on October 6, 1932 and was raised in Boston, Massachusetts.In his early years, he would spend time with his father at the local Boston Fish Pier to observe the fishermen. He graduated from Suffolk University with the idea of attending law school. A mentor guided him towards biological sciences so he applied to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. He taught in western Massachusetts for the Audubon Society before he began his career at the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries in 1956. He received his Master's degree in Biological Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island and a DSc from the Sea Fisheries Institute in Gdynia. He worked in Washington during President Nixon's administration when NOAA was created. He has traveled to Hawaii, parts of southern Africa and other parts of the developing world and Sweden in his pursuit of the study of plankton and fish relationships on a global scale in hopes to further advance fisheries sustainability. He has spent the last several years working with the Office of Science and Technology on the assessment and management of Large Marine Ecosystems.

Interview contains discussions of: plankton, mackerel, herring, tuna, faux sardines, Randolph High School, trawls, large marine ecosystems, MARMAP, and Large Marine Ecosystem sustainability levels. 

Kenneth Sherman recounts his 56 year career with NMFS and his work with plankton and Large Marine Ecosystems.

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