Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-08-28

Publication Date

Fall 11-17-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Bill Thiess. Thiess regularly fishes around the restricted Oculina Bank area and continues to troll over it as trollingis not a prohibited activity there. He is in total support of the area's closure and is particularly concerned with environmental resources. Thiess thinks that closing areas to fishing is a good management tool, more effective than quotas and size limits, since the closed areas give fish a place to breed and grow undisturbed, from which they can go to open areas. He also points out that fishermen are not the only pressure on fish: wastewater and runoff are also major concerns. In this interview, Thiess also discusses his fishing history, the types of fish he catches, and the methods he uses.

Keywords

Fisheries, Fort Pierce (Fla.), Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Florida, Fishery management, Fishing

Subject: topical

Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers

Language

English

Type

Sound

Genre

Oral history

Format

1 sound file (64 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O06-00040

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