Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Robert Cardin

Date

2010-08-24

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Scott Bachman. Bachman was a fisherman for twenty-five years, from 1975 to 2004. He stopped fishing due to the increased regulations, which were making it difficult for him to earn a living. He frequently fished the Oculina Bank when it was open and is very familiar with the area, which he describes as one of the best fishing grounds. Bachman does not like the use of closed areas to fishing, since it makes fishers work twice as hard for the same product. His preferred fishery management tools are closed seasons, quotas, or trip limits, as long as they are reasonable. Bachman thinks that commercial fishing is being overregulated to the point that there will soon not be any in the state of Florida, and that the people who make the rules do not take numerous factors into consideration. In this interview, Bachman also discusses his fishing history, the types 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 (46 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O06-00041

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