Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Murray "Bud" Tillman, Jr. Tillman, a native of Fort Pierce, Florida, began fishing as a child with his grandmother, who took him to bridges on weekends. After completing his military service, Tillman returned to Fort Pierce and bought his own boat. In addition to fishing locally, he also regularly goes to the Bahamas. Before it was closed, Oculina Bank was one of Tillman's favorite fishing spots due to the size and diversity of its fish population. The increased regulations to and eventual closure of the Oculina Bank have affected his fishing. He has found other places to fish, but would still go to Oculina Bank if it were allowed. Tillman supports regulating the fishery but prefers catch limits or seasonal closures instead of shutting down an entire area, which has a negative effect on the local economy. He is very concerned about the potential environmental impact from urban or agricultural water runoff. In this interview, Tillman also describes some of his fishing techniques.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:57:17; 34 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Tillman, Murray Clayton Jr., "Bud Tillman Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 14.