Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Glenn Middlebrooks. Middlebrooks has never worked as a commercial or charter fisherman but is the co-owner of DeBrooks Fishing Corner, a local tackle shop. He learned how to fish as a child and for most of his life fished once a week. Due to health problems, he rarely fishes now. Middlebrooks regularly fished on Oculina Bank when it was open, but never anchored there because it was too deep. He does not believe that closing the area has had a negative effect on his business, although certain jigging rods and other equipment are no longer being sold, and he points out that the technology for bottom fishing is much more advanced now. In Middlebrooks's opinion, closing a fishery is the worst form of management because the point of a fishery is for people to use it. He thinks that each type of fish should be considered individually. Closed seasons are particularly bad for his business since there are some months where no fish can be caught. In this interview, Middlebrooks also compares the fishing technology and practices that he used as an active fisherman to those that are standard now.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:48:48; 33 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Middlebrooks, William Glenn, "Glenn Middlebrooks Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 18.