Using Oral History Techniques in A NOAA Fisheries Service (NMFS) Education and Outreach Project: Preserving Local Fisheries Knowledge, Linking Generations, and Improving Environmental Literacy

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Oral historical interviews are a core activity in a successful outreach and education project piloted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)'s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) in two Maine high schools between 2003 and 2005. Through interviews with local fishermen and others in fishing-related industries, Local Fisheries Knowledge (LFK) Pilot Project students have explored the connections between fisheries, the marine environment, their communities, and their own lives, while documenting and preserving the knowledge and experiences of local residents for future generations. This article describes the pilot project's use of oral history methods, and discusses the project's role in three agency interest areas: (1) public outreach, (2) education, and (3) documenting fishing communities' lifeways and local fisheries knowledge.

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