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 commercial fisherman Chuck Hawkins. Hawkins moved to Fort Pierce in the 1970s and began working for various local fishermen. Prior to coming to Florida, he had done very little fishing. He began bottom fishing on the Oculina Bank in 1981, and it became one of his preferred fishing spots, especially in the summertime. Hawkins had to stop fishing there in 1994 when the area was closed to snapper and grouper fishing. Shortly after, he sold his grouper permit. Hawkins does not have a high opinion of closed areas, the scientists who argue for such areas, or the reasons cited for creating them. He favors quotas or closed seasons, which also provide data by which to assess the state of the fishery. In this interview, Hawkins also recounts his personal fishing history, describing how he became a fisherman and mentioning several of the captains with whom he used to fish.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00018

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