Interviewing is the main research method used in the Local Fisheries Knowledge Project. Other methods for conducting cultural research include written surveys, participant observation, and participatory action research.

Most interviews conducted for this project are exploratory, semi-structured interviews. That is, each interview is designed around a particular topic of interest (e.g., fishing folk art or migratory patterns of a marine species). The interviewer asks a series of predetermined questions to guide the interview and to learn from the interviewee about the topic. During the interview, the interviewer also asks follow-up questions spontaneously based on the interviewee’s responses.



An oral history is a specific type of interview used to document and understand how larger cultural, social, and economic changes have affected the lives of individuals and communities.

Oral histories will be used in this project to learn how events or circumstances related to fishing have affected the lives of interviewees. Circumstances relevant to student projects may include technological changes in fishing technology, the decline of target species (e.g., cod), or changes in fishing regulations.

Interviewing a fishing vessel captain. Boston Pier. 1932. Photo: O.E. Sette. Courtesy NEFSC.



Contact us