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Ralph Smith

Ralph Smith takes us for a tour of his mussel processing factory and then sits down to discuss how he and his family got involved in the industry of mussel harvesting and selling. Smith shares about his life, the changes he had seen in the industry and climate, as well as the biological cycles of mussels. He shares his understanding of wild mussels and the difficulty in communicating with scientists.






Elle Gilchrist

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Suggested citation: Smith, Ralph, The First Coast 2018 Oral History Interview, October 30, 2018, by Galen Koch, 18 pages, Maine Sound and Story. Online: Insert URL (Last Accessed: Insert Date).


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