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.
Charter boat captains, Interviews, Florida, Fort Pierce, Charter boat fishing, Fisheries, Fishers, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
Charter boat fishing; Florida; Fort Pierce; Charter boat captains; Interviews; Fisheries; Fishery closures; Fishers; Fishing
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (81 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Metz, Gerald Lee (Interviewee), "Gerald Lee Metz oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 36.