NC Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History

In 1994, the NC General Assembly implemented a moratorium on the sale of new commercial fishing licenses and established the NC Fisheries Moratorium Steering Committee to study the coastal fisheries management process and to recommend changes to improve the system. The NC Fisheries Reform Act, signed by Governor James B. Hunt on August 14, 1997, was based on the final report of the Moratorium Steering Committee.

The year 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act, far-reaching legislation that changed how fisheries are managed in North Carolina. Developed over the course of more than three years during a period of heightened concern over the future of the state’s marine resources, the Fisheries Reform Act set the framework for mandated fisheries management and coastal habitat protection plans, restructuring of commercial fishing licenses, and eventual development of a recreational fishing license.

Oral history interviews are capturing the accounts of key individuals who have played instrumental roles in the implementation of the Fisheries Reform Act (FRA) or in its initial conception and development. The interviews will provide a record of the successes and shortcomings of the FRA in addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the past two decades and the prospective value of the FRA in addressing emerging issues.

In the initial phase of the project, audio excerpts from interviews will be featured on the Coastal Voices website, the Coastal Voices YouTube channel, and the project Facebook page. The complete interview recordings and transcripts will be available later in 2016. Podcasts featuring interview excerpts will be created in 2017. All of these materials will be available online at no-charge for use by individuals and organizations.

The project is funded by the North Carolina Sea Grant Community Collaborative Research Grant Program.

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The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History Perspective

In 1994, the NC General Assembly implemented a moratorium on the sale of new commercial fishing licenses and established the NC Fisheries Moratorium Steering Committee to study the coastal fisheries management process and to recommend changes to improve the system. The NC Fisheries Reform Act, signed by Governor James B. Hunt on August 14, 1997, was based on the final report of the Moratorium Steering Committee.

The year 2017 marks the twentieth anniversary of the 1997 NC Fisheries Reform Act, far-reaching legislation that changed how fisheries are managed in North Carolina. Developed over the course of more than three years during a period of heightened concern over the future of the state’s marine resources, the Fisheries Reform Act set the framework for mandated fisheries management and coastal habitat protection plans, restructuring of commercial fishing licenses, and development of a recreational fishing license.

Oral history interviews are capturing the accounts of key individuals who have played instrumental roles in the implementation of the Fisheries Reform Act (FRA) or in its initial conception and development. The interviews will provide a record of the successes and shortcomings of the FRA in addressing the environmental, social, and economic challenges of the past two decades and the prospective value of the FRA in addressing emerging issues.

In the initial phase of the project, audio excerpts from interviews will be featured on the Coastal Voices website (https://carolinacoastalvoices.wordpress.com/category/fisheries-reform-act/). The complete interview recordings and transcripts will be available later this year. Podcasts featuring interview excerpts will be created early next year. All of these materials will be available online at no-charge for use by individuals and organizations.

The project is funded by the North Carolina Sea Grant Community Collaborative Research Grant Program.

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The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History Perspective

The 1997 Fisheries Reform Act: An Oral History Perspective project will get underway this spring. The project is funded by the North Carolina Sea Grant Community Collaborative Research Grant Program.

The landmark 1997 N.C. Fisheries Reform Act changed how fisheries are managed in the state. To mark the 20th anniversary of the law, this project will collect perspectives on the development of the law that would set the framework for mandated fisheries management and coastal habitat protection plans, restructuring of commercial fishing licenses, and development of a recreational fishing license. The team also will gather perspectives on the implementation and impacts of the act. The partners will conduct about a dozen in-depth interviews with representatives of agencies and organizations involved in the fisheries and habitat topics. Their results, including transcriptions, will be shared not only via the participating partners program but also through a NOAA oral history program and the Coastal Voices website and YouTube channel.

Team members are Susan West of Buxton, with Jimmy Johnson of the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, Sandra Davidson of Bit & Grain, Mary Williford of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-CH, Barbara J. Garrity-Blake of Duke University Marine Lab, and Karen Amspacher of the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center.

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Coastal Voices Oral History Workshop on April 3, 2016

A Coastal Voices Oral History workshop and refresher course will be held Sunday, April 3,  from 2-5 pm, at the Core Sound Waterfowl Museum and Heritage Center on Harkers Island, NC.

We have a specific project we’d like you to help us with should you be interested. In Harm’s Way is a collaborative project with Long Island Traditions that looks at how coastal people deal with storms. This project will use oral history interviews to give a sense of the resiliency and resourcefulness of coastal communities located in the path of hurricanes.

We welcome new participants to the April workshop, as well as “repeat customers” wanting to refresh their skills. Please contact Barbara at 252-342-8028 for more information or to register. All are welcomed to join our team of community oral historians!

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Our Streets, Our Stories

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P.S. 44 sits at the corner of Throop Avenue and Monroe Street in Bedford-Stuyvesant, treat Brooklyn. It’s a square, medical brick building, cialis sale bordered to the north by a playground and to the east and west by rowhouses—a hodgepodge of the neighborhood’s varied architectural imprints. But around the turn of the century, long before the school existed, it was the site of a horse stable.

This fact is not recorded in a textbook. It belongs, instead, to a collective memory that’s growing dimmer as the neighborhood around it transforms.

Our Streets, Our Stories, a project run through the Brooklyn Public Library’s Department of Outreach Services, gives those memories a way to persist into the future. It began in 2014 at three library branches

Read more here.

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What Do You Do When The Rooster Dies?

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When a private citizen agrees to be interviewed by a reporter for,  let’s say, a profile, they’re giving a gift.

I mean think about it. People don’t have to say anything to a reporter. Nothing. Reporters don’t have a right to interview people. We don’t have a right to enter homes or workplaces. We can ask, prescription of course. But they can easily say no. And that’s that.

When someone does say yes, I think of it this way: It’s their story and they’re giving a reporter permission to tell it. But there’s a catch. The reporter needs to act independently. The reporter has to be free to report the story so they can tell it fully and honestly. Or, buy put another way, it may be the interviewee’s story, but it’s not their reporting process.

Negotiating that boundary is tricky. How can a person retain ownership of their story but not how it’s told? That sounds contradictory. And, frankly, I think it is. On top of that, there’s no simple way to explain this to an interviewee. Indeed, they may not even know this tension exists.

Listen to the story here.

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2016 Call for Stories: Audio Under the Stars

Audio Under the Stars is back! North Carolina’s favorite audio garden party is gearing up for its third season, rx and we’re looking for your stories. Here are our themes for 2016:

Destination Unknown: trips, travels, and unexpected journeys
Danger: tales of mischief and misfortune
Work it: stories of labor and leisure

The deadline is 11:59 p.m. on Monday, February 29, 2016.

Click here for more info: http://audiounderthestars.net/2016/01/2016-call-for-stories/

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Confessions of an audiophile

I find audio to be deeply intimate; the podcast community is only now developing ways for listeners to share thoughts and feelings, rx so most of it has been consumed alone for me to ruminate over by myself. Someone’s voice is right in your ear, speaking only to you. Sometimes producers expertly use sound and music to enhance the experience. In archival audio, there’s an element of time travel to it—that you are in the room listening to a conversation that never imagined it’d be overheard. And listening to oral history is so much more profound than reading transcripts. You can hear the raw emotion coming through. Overall, oral history and audio always remind me that other people are living deeply, going through difficult times, and thinking strange or funny thoughts.

See more at: http://blog.oup.com/2016/02/dana-gerber-margie-oral-history/#sthash.yCFV0nwh.dpuf

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