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Voices From the Fisheries

Oral history interviews are a powerful way to document the human experience with marine, coastal, and Great Lakes environments and living marine resources. Our Voices from the Fisheries database is a central repository for consolidating, archiving, and disseminating oral history interviews related to commercial, recreational, and subsistence fishing in the United States and its territories. Each story in the database provides a unique example of our connection to the marine environment. We collect interviews from fishermen, their spouses, processing workers, shore-side business workers and operators, recreational and subsistence fishermen, scientists, marine resource managers, and others—all among NOAA's fishery stakeholders.

Separately, each history provides an in-depth view into the professional and personal lives of individual participants. Together, they have the power to illuminate common themes, issues, and concerns across diverse fishing communities over time. The Voices from the Fisheries database is a powerful, public resource to inform, educate, and provide primary information for researchers interested in our local, human experience with the surrounding marine environment. 

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Please send questions and/or comments regarding the Voices of the Fisheries Project to voices@noaa.gov.

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