Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-03-10

Publication Date

Summer 8-23-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

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

Description

1 sound file (59 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history, Online audio

Format

Audio

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00001

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