Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-06-26

Publication Date

Fall 10-11-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing

Subject: topical

Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history, Online audio

Format

1 sound file (37 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00027

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