Oral history interview with charter boat captain Irving "Chip" Shafer. Shafer began fishing in 1973 after leaving the Marine Corps and worked as a mate on a friend's boat in North Carolina. Shafer moved to Fort Pierce, Florida, in 1976 and fished his own and other people's boats until 2000. He is presently the captain of a private sport fishing boat that fishes the Pacific coast off of Central America and Mexico. Before it was closed, Oculina Bank was one of the most important deep water bottom fishing grounds, and Shafer fished there often until 1994, when fishing for snapper/grouper species was prohibited in the designated region. Were the area still open, he would continue to fish there. In his opinion, closing an area to fishing is a poor form of management due to its effect on a community's economy. He prefers daily bag limits for recreational fishing, which he believes will sustain the fisheries. In this interview, Shafer also describes some of his fishing techniques, and recounts some memorable stories.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Shafer, Irving (Interviewee), "Chip Shafer oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 15.