What if There were No River Fisheries in Downeast Maine?

Title

What if There were No River Fisheries in Downeast Maine?

Series Title

Harvesters' Perspectives on Alewives, Bluebacks, and Eels in Downeast Maine

Identifier

MEU-V-14-001

Files

Link to Video

Creator

Maine Sea Grant, NOAA Fisheries

Video Editor

Julia Beaty

Producer

Julia Beaty

Creation Date

7-30-2014

Duration

00:04:07

Geographic Focus

Downeast Maine

Topics

Narrative histories of alewife/blueback herring and American eel fisheries

Keywords

Downeast Maine, Maine fisheries, Alewives, River Herring, Elver

Summary

Downeast’s Maine’s rivers have supported commercial, recreational, and sustenance fisheries for hundreds of years. To understand the importance of these fisheries, we asked harvesters and other community members, “What would Downeast Maine be like if there were no river fisheries?”

Most of the community members shown in this video are alewife and elver (juvenile American eel) harvesters. Their responses largely reflect the economic importance of these fisheries in Downeast Maine. Alewives are a preferred type of bait for Maine’s lobster fishery, the largest fishery in Maine in both landings and value.

This video was produced as part of an oral history project carried out by Maine Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries in the spring of 2014 with financial support from NOAA’s Preserve America Initiative.

Comments

A project of Maine Sea Grant and NOAA Fisheries With funding from NOAA's Preserve America Initiative. This project led to an expanded survey of alewife/blueback herring harvesters along the Atlantic Coast.

What if There were No River Fisheries in Downeast Maine?

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