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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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (119 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Crutchfield, Samuel (Interviewee), "Samuel Crutchfield oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 11.