Mary O'Rourke

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Oral Histories from the New England Fisheries


The oral histories are an in depth look at how the fishing industry affects individual fishermen as well as their  families. The oral histories also allow us to gain inside perspective  on how management regulations affect the social and cultural aspects of people in the fishery.

Date of Interview

Azure Dee Westwood

Principal Investigator

Mary is a net maker and former fisherman.

Project Leaders: Lisa L. Colburn and Kate E. Yentes
Date Collection Completed: On going
Geographic Location: Locations across New England

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