The interviews collected through the Local Fisheries Knowledge Project will be available online through the LFK Database and can be used as a resource by anyone. The information students collect will be of interest to a range of users and for a variety of purposes. To learn about the range of topics students may choose to research, view the topics listed in the Database.



How will NOAA use the information collected?

Students and teachers, without guidance from NOAA, will determine interview topics and questions, as long as it is within the LFK Project framework. Depending on the quality of the information collected, NOAA may be one of the potential users of the information.

It is likely that some interviews will be of more interest to NOAA scientists and managers than others. Such interviews most likely would include topics pertaining to the marine environment and ecology, particularly historical information that could be helpful for establishing baselines for habitat restoration or rebuilding fish stocks. Additionally, NOAA Fisheries’ social scientists will be interested in interviews that pertain to social structures and cultural patterns involved in fishing.

New England fisherman holding a cod. 1932. Photo by O.E. Sette, courtesy of NEFSC


Creating Community Applications

Schools, working in partnership with community members, will decide how they want to apply the information locally. As with similar oral history projects aimed at preserving the stories of their elders, students may decide to compile the interviews into a book series with accompanying photographs and artwork. Such projects may be of interest to local historical societies and museums. Interviews pertaining to historical information about species may be useable by local scientists and natural resource managers to design local research and restoration projects.

Other student projects may include writing content for and designing informational materials about local wildlife or historic sites, writing articles for local media, arranging art exhibits for local artists interviewed or for the art created by students themselves during the interviews, and setting up community projects for water quality monitoring.


Women remove parasitic sores from redfish. Gloucester, MA. 1942. Photo by O.E. Sette, courtesy of NEFSC.


Collaboration between Jonesport/Beals High School and the Jonesport Historical Society (JHS) resulted in the award of a NOAA grant to the JHS.

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