Fisheries History at Penobscot Marine Museum
Coastal Conversations show: August 25, 2017
WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor
Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant
A historic exploration of Maine’s fisheries is illustrated this summer at the Penobscot Marine Museum in Searsport. The Museum is in the middle of a summer long exhibit called Gone Fishing, The Net Result: Our Evolving Fisheries. The exhibit is based on a treasure trove of historical photos focusing on the commercial fishing industry in the post-WWII era. The museum received the photos in 2012 as a gift from National Fishermen, the nation’s preeminent publication about the commercial fishing industry.
The Penobscot Marine Museum has been busy digitizing the collection and already thousands of photos documenting fisheries in Maine and the nation are available online through a searchable database. Hundreds more are on display at the Museum right now, in the Net Result exhibit.
Our Coastal Conversations show today is about how the Penobscot Marine Museum is using this gigantic photographic archive as their inspiration for a year full of fisheries-related exhibits and events to help the public understand the complexities of fisheries past and present, in Maine and beyond.
Last Spring, the Museum launched their new exhibit with a Fisheries History Conference in Belfast, where many speakers illustrated various aspects of changing fisheries. Among them, we’ll hear some great storytelling by Glen Libby, a longtime fishermen and founder of Port Clyde Fresh Catch. Glen traces the modernization of the gear which enabled catching more and more fish, and then he talks about his own transition to developing a community supported fishery, which focuses not on more and more, but better and fresher.
Toward the end of our show, we’ll share some information about the Maine Marine Fare event happening at Penobscot Marine Museum September 9 and 10, showcasing some current trends and opportunities in today’s seafood markets.