Oral history interview with charter boat captain Victor Shilling. Shilling has been fishing in Fort Pierce since 1970 and has kept a boat there for most of that time. After retiring from Lockheed Martin, he bought a new boat and a friend suggested he start a charter business. Shilling does not bottom fish much, preferring to troll, but he is familiar with Oculina Bank; he is careful that his fishing charters do not bottom fish in that area. None of the regulations made to Oculina Bank have particularly affected his fishing or his business. Shilling prefers quotas or closed seasons as fishery management tools, as opposed to closing an entire area. In this interview, Shilling also explains how his charter boat business works, describing the places where he takes clients and a typical day's events.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (46 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Shilling, Victor (Interviewee), "Victor Shilling oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 31.