Coastal Conversations Radio Program: Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum 2019: Women in Fisheries

Coastal Conversations show: March 22, 2019
WERU 89.9 in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor
Host: Natalie Springuel, Maine Sea Grant

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When you picture someone hauling up lobster traps on the wind swept Atlantic Ocean, chances are good that you are picturing a man. Fishing is one of those industries that is still mostly dominated by men. But that’s changing. The number of women involved in fishing is on the rise, and there are more and more women involved in many related occupations too, occupations that support coastal communities and a thriving fishing industry.

This is Natalie Springuel, from the University of Maine Sea Grant, host of Coastal Conversations. On our next program, we will talk with five women involved in various aspect of the fishing industry, including a lobsterman (and yes, women who fish do tend to refer to themselves as fishermen), a lobster trap builder, a fisheries biologist, and a couple of occupational therapists working to improve the odds of fishermen using lifejackets in this notoriously dangerous industry.

These interviews are part of a larger collection called Voices of the Maine Fishermen’s Forum, and we are thrilled to bring them to you on Friday March 22, 10-11, on this month’s Coastal Conversations.

Only on WERU community radio, 89.9 FM in Blue Hill and 99.9 in Bangor, and online at


Freda McKie, lobsterman, Prince Edward Island, Canada
Sonya Corbett, lobster trap builder, Sea Rose Trap Company, South Portland, Maine
Sarah Madronal, fisheries biologist for Downeast Salmon Federation, Alewife Harvesters of Maine, and the Nature Conservancy
Jessica Echard and Rebecca Weil, occupational therapists, Northeast Center for Occupational Health and Safety

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