Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-05-25

Publication Date

Fall 9-14-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with charter boat captain Jerry Metz. Metz moved to Fort Pierce in 1976 and worked briefly as a commercial fisherman before starting his charter business in 1979. He fished the Oculina Bank commercially in the 1970s but spent little time there once he became a charter captain since his business is primarily inshore. His fishing was not affected by any of the regulations to the area. Metz is concerned that the people who make fishing regulations are not necessarily the most knowledgeable about fishing and fisheries and feels that more attention needs to be paid to the local fishermen. He approves of fair catch limits and supports closing fisheries during spawning season. In this interview, Metz discusses some of his fishing techniques, with particular emphasis on environmental factors.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00020

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