Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-05-27

Publication Date

Fall 9-20-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Billy Baird. Baird moved to Fort Pierce in 1970 to join joining the rest of his family, including three brothers who are also well-known local fishermen. Baird is very familiar with the Oculina Bank, which was a productive area for porgies and other fish. The area's closure to bottom fishing has forced him and other fishermen to switch to kingfish, leading to increased pressure on that species. He points out that closing areas primarily affects the local fishermen and requires them to go out of their way to avoid being in the restricted zone. Baird supports temporary closed seasons, such as for spawning, and thinks that different fisheries require different management tools. In this interview, he also discusses his personal fishing history.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00021

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