Michael Corbett

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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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Mike Corbett was born in 1940 in Quincy, Massachusetts, and studied engineering at Northeastern University in Boston. He worked as a draftsman as a Northeastern co-op student for Murray and Tregurtha in Quincy, and after graduation worked in industry at General Electric, before moving to Gloucester and working as an ocean engineer for the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries. He spent 29 years working in Exploratory Fisheries before moving to the private sector again.

Interview contains discussions of: exploratory fisheries, Helgoland Project, Stellwagen Bank, Delaware I, Delaware II, Albatross, channel fever, offshore lobster fishery, creation of wire lobster pots, shrimp fishery.

Mike Corbett gives a detailed account of his early years with the U.S. Bureau of Commercial Fisheries and his work with the offshore lobster fishery and the Helgoland Project.

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