Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Interviewee

Glenn Cameron Mr.

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-03-29

Publication Date

Summer 8-30-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with charter boat captain Glenn Cameron. Cameron grew up in the Fort Pierce and Sebastian area and has been fishing for his entire life. He was a mate for several other captains before deciding to run his own boat. Cameron is very familiar with Oculina Bank and attended several of the meetings about the area's closure, which has had a negative effect on his business. Due to the lengthy closures of certain fisheries like grouper or snapper, he has been forced to take his boat to Mexico for three months a year. In Cameron's opinion, quotas or bag limits are better ways to manage a fishery, since they create a definite goal; marine protected areas are too difficult to enforce and encourage dishonest fishers, while closed seasons just put more pressure on another fishery. He feels that there are too many special interest groups influencing fishery policy in excess of the scientific evidence. In this interview, Cameron also discusses how he determines where to fish and describes a typical charter trip.

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

Audio

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Identifier

O6-00006

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