Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Joseph "Billy" Yates. Yates, a native of Fort Pierce, is a funeral director by profession. He began fishing as a boy and, as a teenager, worked as a mate for several charter boat captains. Yates is very familiar with the Oculina Bank, which was the best place to catch grouper and snapper. The area is more difficult for recreational fishermen, so he does not think they have been affected as much by its closure, but the commercial fishermen definitely have. In his opinion, fishery management requires a combination of quotas, minimum sizes, and closed areas; there is no one way that will be good for all fisheries. In this interview, Yates recounts his personal fishing history and shares some of his fishing stories.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:44:56; 26 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Yates, Billy, "Billy Yates Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 34.