Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-04-26

Publication Date

Fall 10-18-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with retired charter boat captain Sam Crutchfield. Crutchfield moved to Fort Pierce in 1964, having frequently visited the area growing up, and began working as a mate for George Archer, one of the first local charter captains. Eventually Crutchfield began running his own boat, which he did until his retirement in 1985. Crutchfield frequently fished on the Oculina Bank, but was not affected by any of the regulations to the area since he retired shortly after they were first were enacted in 1984. However, he questions the need for some of the rules, such as the prohibition against bottom fishing. In his opinion, little damage will be done by power fishing with rod and reel, although some of the technology and methods used by commercial fishers may be more destructive. In this interview, Crutchfield recounts his fishing history, telling many memorable stories, and comments on some of the conservation efforts taking place in Florida.

Keywords

Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing

Subject: topical

Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history, Online audio

Format

1 sound file (119 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00032

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