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 Maltby "Fox" Watkins. Watkins, a native of Fort Pierce, Florida, began fishing at the age of four, learning from family friends and other local fishermen. He mated for several other captains and in 2000 decided to run his own boat. He has also worked in the commercial fishing industry and has had various jobs outside fishing. Oculina Bank is Watkins's favorite fishing spot, and he was very disappointed when it was closed to snapper and grouper in 1994. In Watkins's opinion, closing an area to fishing is a bad way to manage a fishery. He favors quotas to limit the number of fish, but emphasizes that the quotas must be enforced. He is pessimistic about the future of charter fishing businesses in Fort Pierce because of restrictions on what can be caught and kept, but he does not think that the number of fish will decrease. In this interview, Watkins also describes some of his fishing techniques and recounts some memorable fishing stories.

Keywords

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

Description

1 sound file (62 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

Audio

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00004

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