Willis Spear Jr. | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Willis Spear Jr.

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Location of Interview
Collection Name

Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018

Collecting Stories at the National Working Waterfronts and Waterways Symposium 2018 is a project of Maine Sea Grant, College of the Atlantic, the Island Institute, and the National Working Waterfront Network.

principal investigator
Date of Interview
05-15-2018
Audio
Biographical Sketch

Willis Spears Jr. speaks about his 54 years as a commercial fisherman off of Cousins Island, ME, focusing on the history of shrimping, the differences between dragging and trapping shrimp, and the changes in the Portland working waterfront over his lifetime. He describes the interaction between fishermen and Portland authorities in their efforts to advocate for the fishing community’s needs and emphasizes the importance of passing information and knowledge to future generations.


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