Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-03-30

Publication Date

Summer 8-25-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fisheries, Florida, Fort Pierce, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers

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

O6-00005

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