Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-06-10

Publication Date

Fall 9-22-2010

Abstract

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.

Keywords

Fisheries, Florida, Fort Pierce, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers

Subject: geographic

Florida, Fort Pierce

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history, Online audio

Format

1 sound file (45 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00024

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