The 8th Grade Marine Biology class conducted interviews with local fishermen as part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Federal “Fishermen of the Greater Tampa Bay” Oral History Grant for the fourth time in two years (held each semester) on March 12th. Students conducted interviews with area fishermen and gathered information about what it has been like to fish the waters for Tampa Bay over the last few decades.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn real world skills while also assisting NOAA in gathering information about history in the Tampa Bay region,” said Christina Package-Ward, the Anthropologist of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “They ask incredibly interesting questions and give a different perspective. Having this type of partnership with Admiral Farragut Academy is an important asset to NOAA.”
The video recordings and interview transcripts will be publicly available on the NOAA Voices from the Fisheries Oral History Database https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/voicesfromthefisheries/.
This is one of the many grants that Marine Biology instructor, Sari Deitche, has received since being at Farragut. In the past two years, she has received a total of $9,940 from NOAA that is put towards materials for this project. It is a great experience for the students and fishermen involved, as well as an opportunity to gather for at the Admiral Farragut Academy waterfront for free time and a barbecue.
Last school year this event was held at Fort DeSoto Park.