Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Edward "Smitty" Smith. Smith has fished his own boat and other peoples' boats since the 1970s. He frequently fished the Oculina Bank and is very familiar with the area. After it was closed, he and his employer shifted their efforts further north to Cape Canaveral. Smith does not think that closed areas are a good fishery management tools and believes that there is a lot of overkill in the regulations. Fishermen used to limit themselves based on how much fish they could carry and when it should be offloaded; now people jump from one fishery to another, putting increased pressure on the other fishery. In this interview, Smith also describes his fishing history, the kinds of fish he caught, and the methods he used.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
00:55:04; 37 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Smith, Edward, "Edward Smith Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 20.