Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-07-19

Publication Date

Fall 10-13-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Christopher Nelson. Nelson, a lifelong fisher, moved to St. Lucie County in 1989. He has a part-time charter fishing boat business and fishes several times per month with a charter, with friends, or on his own. Being allergic to fish and shellfish, he only keeps what fish his wife or neighbor will eat, except for kingfish, which he smokes and uses to make fish dip. Nelson knows where the Oculina Bank is but never fished there much before its closure since his boat does not have a large fuel capacity, and the bank is farther offshore than he likes to go. His fishing has not been affected by any of the regulations to Oculina Bank, and he supports making it a closed area in order to protect the environment. Nelson has a positive opinion of the regulations that are in place, although he would like to see more enforcement and education. In this interview, he also describes some of his fishing techniques and the equipment he uses, and discusses some of the environmental issues that affect the Fort Pierce area.

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 (66 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00030

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