Kevin Anderson

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Accompanied At Sea: Voices from the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program


For 40 years, fisheries observers have sailed with New England fishermen, documenting catches and practices. Despite being outsiders, they offer a unique perspective on fisheries management. They work with various gear types, from trawls to lobster pots, covering a wide range of species. In a month, they travel from Maine to North Carolina, meeting diverse crews from around the world. This project shares their untold stories, shedding light on the fishing industry from a different angle.

Date of Interview

National Capital Contracting 

Principal Investigator
Biographical Sketch

Kevin Anderson is a marine biologist with a rich family history in fishing and farming. His passion for marine biology was inspired by his grandmother, who had a deep love for the ocean. Anderson attended community college for two years before transferring to the University of Rhode Island (URI) to complete his degree in marine biology. After graduation, he was eager to join the workforce and obtained his scuba certificate alongside his diploma. Anderson began his career in Alabama, working for Dauphin Island Sea Lab on fisheries independent surveys. However, he returned to New England due to family health issues and a preference for the area. He joined the Northeast Observer program in 2020, just before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Despite the challenges, Anderson has remained committed to the program and has played a crucial role in training observers on safety measures.

Scope and Content Note:
The interview with Kevin Anderson provides a detailed account of his journey into marine biology and his experiences as part of the Northeast Observer program. Anderson discusses his family history, his educational background, and his early career in Alabama. He also shares insights into his work with the observer program, including the training he provides to other observers and the importance of safety in their work. Anderson also shares anecdotes from his time on the boat, including interactions with crew members and challenging weather conditions. He discusses the differences between observing in the summer and winter and the changes he has seen in the industry over his two years with the program. The interview provides valuable insights into the observer program and the life of a marine biologist.

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