Marvin Grosslein

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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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Marvin Grosslein was born October 24, 1929 in Seattle. He grew up in Minnesota where a summer job with the Minnesota Conservation Department sparked his interest in fisheries science. He graduated from the University of Minnesota before attending Cornell University for his PhD. For his doctoral thesis, Dr. Grosslein developed a survey program that would provide a basis for estimating catches of all species. His graduate work took him to Woods Hole in the summer of 1959. He began full time in 1961 after completing his PhD.

Interview contains discussions of: Woods Hole, R/V Delaware, U.S.-Canada line, foreign fleets, surveys, computer analysis, sampling strategy, trawl surveys, international cooperation on research, haddock, MARMAP, herring, Hague Line and Georges Bank.

In this interview, Marvin Grosslein discusses his education, his long career, and his work in Woods Hole prior to the creation of the Hague Line and NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service. He discusses his work with early computerized sampling data, his involvement with documentation for the government during the Hague line negotiations and scientific collaboration between countries.

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