Terry L. Howard
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.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:45:05; 39 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Reeves, James A., "James Reeves Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 10.