Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-03-01

Publication Date

Summer 8-25-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with charter boat captain Tristram "Tris" Colket. Colket began fishing out of Fort Pierce in 1971 and worked as a commercial fisherman until 2003 when he began charter boat fishing. Oculina Bank was a good place to grouper fish, and Colket would fish there if it were legal, but he has been able to work around the closure. If he has an unsuccessful charter, he feels even more disappointed than the customer, and fishing Oculina Bank increased the chances of catching something. Colket supports the anchoring ban, which protects the coral, and was not opposed to expanding the area, although it was inconvenient to him. He does question how effectively the ban is enforced. He supports regular quotas limiting the number of fish per person or boat, but thinks that individual transference quotas or ITQs make things more difficult for independent fishermen. In this interview, Colket also describes some of his fishing techniques and recounts some memorable stories, including two encounters with the Coast Guard.

Keywords

Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing

Description

1 sound file (87 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

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 (87 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Projecto

Identifier

O6-00003

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