Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with charter boat captain Richard Kluglein. Kluglein, who works as a nurse, also owns a fishing charter boat. He started fishing recreationally in Fort Pierce around 1992 and began charter fishing in 2000 when he first mated for another captain, Dennis Meheen. Kluglein is very familiar with the Oculina Bank, where he used to fish frequently. Since its closure to grouper and snapper, he has had to completely rearrange his fishing itinerary so that his boat does not enter the closed zone, which also uses considerably more fuel. Kluglein agrees with the anchoring ban but does not think that bottom fishing should be prohibited, and he feels that closed areas are too restrictive and are being used too aggressively. He is not optimistic about the future of fishing in Fort Pierce and comments on how difficult the charter boat industry has become. He is considering moving his boat to the Bahamas or ending his business and only fishing recreationally.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
00:36:32; 17 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Kluglein, Richard J., "Richard Kluglein Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 25.