Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-07-17

Publication Date

Fall 10-13-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Herman Summerlin. Summerlin, a native of Fort Pierce, comes from a family of fishermen and has worked in the industry his entire life. As a young man, he fished for mullet, crawfish, and kingfish, mostly inshore. Later, he owned several fish houses and worked in the marine construction industry. Summerlin has never fished on the Oculina Bank but was still affected by the 1984 ban on bottom fishing since production declined. By 1994 when the next restrictions went into effect, he no longer owned a fish house and so his business was not impacted. In Summerlin's opinion, closing areas to fishing is not fair to fishermen. He prefers a quota system, arguing that it would be fair and lead to a better quality of fish. One problem is that there are considerably more fishers now than there were when he was a young man, placing much more stress on the fish. In this interview, Summerlin describes some of his fish houses and other business endeavors, and discusses how fishing has changed over the last fifty years.

Keywords

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

Subject: topical

Fish trade; Fisheries; Fishers; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Interviews

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

O6-00031

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