Terry L. Howard
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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
00:32:50; 26 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Cameron, Glenn, "Glenn Cameron Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 29.