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Human connection to our nation's fisheries comes alive through oral history project
Date:12/16/2008

ific Islands. Interviews with net maker Charles Thompson and oyster shucker Janice Richards, both from Apalachicola, Fla., have recently been added to the collection.

Project partners include MIT Sea Grant, Rutgers University, the Working Waterfront Festival in New Bedford, Mass., and the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. Guidelines have been developed on how to register and submit digitized interviews, and a handbook will be available in 2009 to help classroom teachers and other marine educators develop projects to add to the collections.

A Voices project participant may be a commercial, recreational, or subsistence fishermen or be involved in services that support these activities, such as businesses that furnish gear, bait, ice or fuel, or build and repair fishing boats. Project participants can also be processors and dealers, people who have worked in fish processing factories or plants, fishery managers or fisheries scientists, as well as individuals who married fishermen or grew up in fishing families.

To date, more than 120 interviews have been included in the database, and new oral histories are being added daily. The Voices Web site includes a bibliography with web links to books, films and other materials related to oral histories, as well as links to related collections around the country.


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Contact: Shelley Dawicki
shelley.dawicki@noaa.gov
508-495-2378
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
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