Terry L. Howard
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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
01:01:48; 43 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Watkins, Maltby Foxworthy Jr., "Fox Watkins Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 17.