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A Look Back: African Americans in Fisheries

The NEFSC studies fisheries from Maine to North Carolina, a culturally and biologically diverse area. This photo essay uses historic photos to capture different experiences of African Americans in important fisheries in US history. The images range from the late 1800s to the 1970, and capture Portuguese whalers external link from Cape Verde, inshore fishermen for shad external link and oysters external link, factory workers, and scientists. These images of men and women show a side to fisheries that we often forget, the human faces of those who capture, transform, and study fish from their origins as live animals to how they become seafood.