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Voices of the Fisheries: The Unique Lives and Work of Gloucester Fishermen

February 19, 2021

This story map provides a brief glimpse into the unique and sometimes difficult lives of members of the Gloucester, Massachusetts fishing community through their own voices.

Gloucester, Massachusetts as seen from the air. Harbor is center wind turbines to the right. Aerial view of Gloucester, Massachusetts

Twelve men and women that call Gloucester, Massachusetts’ working waterfront home were interviewed as part of the "Strengthening Community Resilience in America’s Oldest Seaport" project. This project was a joint effort with the Cape Ann Partnership for Science Technology and Natural Environment (CAPSTONE) and the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s Voices Oral History Archives (VOHA). VOHA seeks to document the human experience as it relates to the changing environment, climate, oceans and coasts through firsthand oral history accounts. CAPSTONE is a Cape Ann-centric partnership that includes non-profit, academic, and government agencies that are focused on environmental literacy and community engagement. 

These oral history recordings capture the invaluable life experiences of long-lived members of Gloucester's working waterfront, home to one of the oldest fishing communities in the United States and to the Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office.

The Voices of the Fisheries story map takes important pieces from VOHA  interviews along with maps, pictures, and videos, to explore personal experiences. Over the past several decades, tremendous changes have taken place in the Gloucester fishing community. Voices of the Fisheries shows snapshots of the multidimensional lives of the men and women of Gloucester’s working waterfront. Take your own journey and explore the history of Gloucester through this interactive story map.

Voices of the Fisheries Story Map


Last updated by Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office on April 26, 2022