Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-03-29

Publication Date

Summer 8-31-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with charter boat captain Lewis Augusta. Augusta is the owner of Big Fish Incorporated, a party boat company that operates out of Fort Pierce. His family owned three head boats in New York, and he captained on the weekends while working as a tax specialist. Augusta's business was very successful up north before he brought it to Fort Pierce in 1999, which was after the restrictions on Oculina Bank went into effect. Even if the area were open to fishing, he would not likely go there since the current is not conducive to the type of fishing he does. In Augusta's opinion, closed areas are a poor way to manage a fishery; he prefers quotas, bag limits, and size limits. He is concerned about the accuracy of the scientific evidence being used to make the regulations, since it does not correlate with his observations and those of other local fishermen. In this interview, Augusta also explains how his charter boat business works, describing the places where he takes clients and a typical day's events.

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 (31 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00010

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