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Clear Waters: Stories from the Gulf Coast Commercial Fishing Industry in Cortez 

Oral History Project - Sarasota County Wateratlas

Oral History Video: Cortez Fisherman Thomas "Blue" Fulford

Oral History Video George Luzier on the craft of building beautiful wooden boats

NOAA Fisheries - Cortez Village Voices from the Fisheries

This project is a collection of oral histories of Cortez, Florida community members who are involved in maritime activities (such as commercial fishermen, recreational fishermen, crew members, and fish house workers) in order to document the changing face of Cortez Village's marine environment. Interviewees include:

· John McDonald

· Ken Jenkins

· J.B. Crawford

· John Campbell

· Karen Bell


NOAA Fisheries – In Their Own Words

Series of interviews conducted for the documentary In Their Own Words: Perseverance and Resilience in Two Florida Fishing Communities. Interviewees include:

· Karen Bell

· John Banyas

NOAA Fisheries – Vanishing Culture Project

This project was a Florida Humanities Council grant to capture the oral histories of longtime residents of Cortez. The project also produced several stations about the folkways of the fishermen of Cortez that are placed around the village and a mural painted on the side of a prominent fish house in the community. Interviewees include:

· Albert Mora

· Alcee Taylor

· Calvin Bell

· Earl Taylor

· Henry C. Adams

· Julian Culbreath

· Marvin Carver

· Orie Williams

· Paul Taylor

· Ray Guthrie

· Raymond S. Pringle, Jr.

· Thomas “Blue” Fulford

· Vernon Mora

· Walter Bell

NOAA Fisheries – Florida's Forgotten Coast

Florida's Forgotten Coast oral history collection includes twenty-one interviews documenting the seafood industry in Franklin County, FL, with an emphasis on Apalachicola, plus two interviews relating to tupelo honey. Original Collection Housed at Archives & Special Collections at the University of Mississippi and online at

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