Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-05-17

Publication Date

Fall 9-14-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with charter boat captain Roger Rucker. Rucker moved to Fort Pierce in 1973, got his captain's license in 1980, and started charter fishing from 1985 onwards. He enjoyed fishing over the Oculina Bank, which was always a good place to take his charters, but does not think its closure has much affected his fishing since he does not typically bottom fish. Rucker questions the degree to which the area's regulations are being enforced. In his opinion, quantity and size limits are fair measures for recreational and charter fishers, but he thinks that the best management is likely a combination of tools. In this interview, Rucker also recounts his personal fishing history, and discusses some of the techniques he uses to catch particular fish.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00019

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