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Charting Anecdotal Information and Oral Histories from Local Fishermen

Project Summary: In response to possible increasingly stringent regulatory and management measures, local commercial and recreational fishermen made clear their desire to craft an accurate and historical record of their use of Stellwagen Bank. They selected the MFP and its partners at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to conduct this study that demonstrates the collective effort of each gear type, the seasonal variations in target species and approximate fishing locales by digitizing in 3D anecdotal information provided by 147 commercial fishermen along the Massachusetts coast. Funded by the Northeast Consortium, this project employed fishermen to interview other fishermen, a methodology that resulted in unusually significant participation by commercial and recreational fishermen. The information gleaned from this project will serve as the basis for longer-term research and will also inform several on-going management processes, such as the development of a five-year management plan for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.

Project partners:
Dr. Madeleine Hall-Arber, MIT Sea Grant College Program
Dr. Rhonda Ryznar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Captain Ed Barrett, F/V Phoenix
Captain Phil Michaud, F/V Susan C III
Captain Bill Crossen, F/V Odessa
Captain Jay Michaud, F/V International Harvester
Captain David Casoni, F/V
Captain Tom DePersia, Stellwagen Bank Charter Boat Association
Olivia Free, Massachusetts Fishermen's Partnership

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