Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-08-03

Publication Date

Fall 10-19-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman James Reeves. A native of Fort Pierce, Reeves began working in the fishing industry as a teenager and currently owns and operates three kingfish boats. He is fairly familiar with the Oculina Bank, having fished there often with other fishermen, but has not gone there since the regulations were enacted. Closing the area has limited the places he can fish and his options for fishing: before, he could target different fish if some were not biting, or if some were worth more, but he can no longer do that. Reeves is very concerned about the use of closed areas, and he does not see much benefit from it. His favored management methods are trip limits and closed spawning seasons. In this interview, he also recounts his personal fishing history and his work as a mate for several different local captains.

Keywords

Fisheries, Florida, Fort Pierce, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history, Online audio

Format

1 sound file (46 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00033

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