Terry L. Howard
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.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:49:55; 33 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Hawkins, Charles, "Chuck Hawkins Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 38.