Coastal Conversations 6/28/24: Swans Urchin’s

Producer/Host: Tiegan Paulson, production assistant
Additional credits: Thank you to Olivia Jolley, for finding interviewees and providing archival materials from the Swan’s Island Historical Society. Thank you to Galen Koch for editing and production assistance. Thanks to Natalie Springuel for production assistance.

Coastal Conversations: Conversations with people who live, work, and play on the Maine coast, hosted by the University of Maine Sea Grant Program.

This month:

At the turn of the century Mainers up and down the coast were caught up in a rush for green gold. The green sea urchin fishery had grown incredibly lucrative. Communities like Swan’s Island saw people from all over the world showing up to dive, cull, and tend. These are the recollections of three of those people.

Howard Dentremont – Urchin diver
Jason Matthews – Urchin diver
Jerry Smith – Captain of an urchin boat

About the hosts:

Natalie Springuel has hosted Coastal Conversation’s since 2015, with support from the University of Maine Sea Grant where she has served as a marine extension associate for 20 years. In 2019, Springuel received an award for Public Affairs programming from the Maine Association of Broadcasters for the Coastal Conversations show called “Portland’s Working Waterfront.” Springuel is passionate about translating science, sharing stories, and offering a platform for multiple voices to weigh in on complex coastal and ocean issues. She has recently enrolled in audio production training at Maine Media Workshop to dive deeper into making great community radio.

Catherine Devine is the recipient of the 2023-2024 Cathy and Jim Gero Acadia Early Career Fellowship in Science Communication at Schoodic Institute. She is the producer of season 2 of Schoodic’s Sea to Trees podcast and a graduate of New York University.