Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Ben "Beau" Bryan. Bryan was born in Fort Pierce and learned how to fish at a young age. He worked in boat sales for much of his career and began manufacturing fishing tackle in 2008. He is familiar with the Oculina Bank but did not fish there much when the area was open since it is a difficult area to fish and he did not then have the necessary skill or a boat capable of doing it. Bryan's preferred fishery management tool would be further restrictions on spear fishing, which does a lot of damage to certain fisheries. He is not opposed to closed seasons when fish are spawning, as long as there are no arbitrary closures as with grouper. In this interview, Bryan also discusses his fishing history, the kind of fish he catches and the equipment he uses, and explains how he determines where to fish.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
00:58:10; 25 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Bryan, Ben, "Ben Bryan Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 1.