Terry L. Howard
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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
01:05:17; 34 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Nelson, Christopher, "Christopher Nelson Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 13.