Terry L. Howard
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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
00:30:02; 30 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Augusta, Lewis P., "Lewis Augusta Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 33.