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Who can participate in this project?

Participation is welcome from anyone who is interested in helping preserve our Nation's marine fisheries heritage by conducting, recording and donating oral history interviews with those who have been involved in some aspect of our nation's marine fisheries, other marine resources, or our coastal zones.  We encourage teachers to participate through developing a related oral history project in their school; student participation is valued.  We encourage everyone who has an existing marine fisheries, marine resources, or coastal zone related oral history collection to consider donating a copy to the Voices from the Fisheries Database.

Who can you interview?

You can interview fisheries managers and scientists, and others who work to conserve and preserve our nation's marine resources and coastal zones. Other possibilities include commercial, recreational, or subsistence fishermen; businessmen who furnish gear, bait, ice, or fuel; people who build and repair fishing boats; processors and dealers; and people who work in fish processing factories or plants.  People who have been married to fishermen or women, or married to those involved in related businesses, and people who grew up in fishing families or fishing communities are all possibilities for Voices from the Fisheries oral history interviews.  Journalists and other media professionals who specialize in marine resource issues are another possibility. This list is not exhaustive; it is designed to illustrate the breadth of potential interviewees.

Take These Easy Steps to Participate...

Click here if you are starting a new project

Click here if you are uploading an existing collection

 

Starting a New Project:

  1. Contact the Voices from the Fisheries Project (required)
  2. Obtain a Project Name and Password (required)
  3. Print the Release Forms (required forms)
  4. Prepare and conduct one or more interviews  
  5. Upload your collection to the NOAA Voices from the Fisheries Database

Step 1: Contact the Voices from the Fisheries Project (required)

Download and fill out the Voices from the Fisheries Project Information Form. Send to voices@noaa.gov with the completed Project Information Form attached to the email.  When we receive the completed form, we will contact you to discuss your project. If your project is a good fit with the Voices from the Fisheries Project, we will approve it for inclusion on the VFF Database.

Step 2: Obtain a User Name (ID) and Password (required)

You will receive a User Name (ID) and Password by email when your project is approved for inclusion in the VFF Database. The ID and password allow you to place fisheries oral histories on the Voices from the Fisheries Database.

Step 3: Print the Release Forms (required forms)

Use the release forms we provide, or similar ones, to obtain permission to put a copy of their interview on the VFF Database from everyone you interview.  These forms can be downloaded from the VFF web site.  You must obtain a signed release form from everyone who participates in each interview.  Different forms are used for the person being interviewed (interviewee), and for the person doing the interviewing (interviewer). The person uploading the interviews will be required to warrant that signed release forms were obtained from all interview participants before they can add each interview to the VFF Database.
 
If the person uploading the interview is not willing to Warrant That They Have Obtained Permission, or Have Made A Due Diligence Effort, we will not be able to add the interview to the VFF Database. 

See the Voices from the Fisheries Handbook, pgs. 35-38,  for a discussion of the ethical and legal issues associated with oral history and related interviewing, and why these signed forms are required.

Step 4: Prepare for and conduct the interview 

The Voices from the Fisheries Handbook includes advice on how to develop projects, conduct oral history interviews, and provides resources for learning much more. If you are developing a new project and want to learn more about all aspects of oral history interviewing, take time to review the VFF Handbook and look at other oral history sites. We have also included some general references on oral history interviewing in the Bibliography included on this site. Review the List of Topics we use to tag oral history interviews in the database to get ideas about creating some orienting questions for new interviews. Locate suitable people to interview. Record the interviews using good quality digital audio and/or video recorders.

Step 5: Upload your collection to the NOAA Voices from the Fisheries Database

Click on the Add Interview button on the Voices website homepage. Click on the Users Guide button and download the Voices from the Fisheries Database Users Guide. Familiarize yourself with the process for creating your collection and uploading your interviews to the Voices Database. Once you are familiar with the process, enter your user name and your password. Click the logon button. This will open the database so that you can begin uploading your interviews.

 

For Those with Existing Collections:

  1. Contact the Voices from the Fisheries Project (required)
  2. Obtain a User Name and Password (required)
  3. Release confirmation (required)
  4. Upload your collection to the NOAA Voices from the Fisheries Database

Step 1: Contact the Voices from the Fisheries Project (required)

Download and fill out the Voices from the Fisheries Project Information Form. Send to voices@noaa.gov with the completed Project Information Form attached to the email.  When we receive the completed form, we will contact you to discuss your project. If your project is a good fit with the Voices from the Fisheries Project, we will approve it for inclusion on the VFF Database.

Step 2: Obtain a User Name (ID) and Password (required)

You will receive a User Name (ID) and Password by email when your project is approved for inclusion in the VFF Database. The ID and password allow you to place fisheries oral histories on the Voices from the Fisheries Database.

Step 3: Print the Release Forms (required forms)

Use the release forms we provide, or similar ones, to obtain permission to put a copy of their interview on the VFF Database from everyone you interview.  These forms can be downloaded from the VFF web site.  You must obtain a signed release form from everyone who participates in each interview.  Different forms are used for the person being interviewed (interviewee), and for the person doing the interviewing (interviewer). The person uploading the interviews will be required to warrant that signed release forms were obtained from all interview participants before they can add each interview to the VFF Database.

Step 4: Upload your collection to the NOAA Voices from the Fisheries Database

Click on the Add Interview button on the Voices website homepage. Click on the Users Guide button and download the Voices from the Fisheries Database Users Guide. Familiarize yourself with the process for creating your collection and uploading your interviews to the Voices Database. Once you are familiar with the process, enter your user name and your password. Click the logon button. This will open the database so that you can begin uploading your interviews.

 

The Voices from the Fisheries Project does not verify the accuracy of materials submitted to us. The opinions expressed in the interviews are those of the interviewee only and are made available to the public with their consent.


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