Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Interviewee

Ben Bryan

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-09-01

Publication Date

Fall 12-7-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fisheries, Fort Pierce (Fla.), Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Florida, Fishery management, Fishing

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history

Format

1 sound file (59 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O06-00047

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