Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Interviewee

Edward Smith

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Interviewer

Robert Cardin

Date

2010-08-31

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fisheries, Fort Pierce (Fla.), Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Florida, Fishery management, Fishing

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

Format

1 sound file (56 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O06-00042

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