Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Allen Tyrrell. Tyrrell began working as a fisherman in the 1960s and moved to Fort Pierce in 1973. He is very familiar with the Oculina Bank and often went there for grouper and snapper after spending the morning kingfishing. The closures, both of the bank and of the species, have curtailed his fishing trips. Tyrrell now has only a limited grouper/snapper permit, as opposed to an unlimited permit, which has had a large financial impact. In his opinion, fishing regulations have made it more difficult for fishers to earn a living, and he would like fisheries to be managed by fishers as the most interested parties. In the early 1990s, he was part of a group that lobbied for trip limits on kingfish, which has had a positive effect on the fishery. In this interview, Tyrrell also describes some of his fishing techniques and discusses how he became a commercial fisherman.
Fisheries, Florida, Fort Pierce, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (50 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Tyrrell, Allen (Interviewee), "Allen Tyrrell oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 23.