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Bruce Bourque

Bruce Bourque lives in Freeport, ME, where he has taught archaeology and conducted research at Bates College since 1972. Now retired from teaching, he is working on a documentary film on the history of Maine's fisheries. Bourque came to the state originally to study Maine's prehistory, the period before 1600, and the people that lived on this coast. He was able to collaborate with others to combine this archaeological record with more recent accounts of fisheries history to build a longer timescale of context for how the Gulf of Maine has been changing. In this interview, he describes the themes that have come out of his work including the expansion of fisheries and fishing effort and the factors leading to their ultimate decline.





Molly Graham

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Natalie Springuel

Suggested citation: Bourque, Bruce Oral History Interview, March 2, 2019, by Matt Frassica, Page #, Maine Sound & Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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