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.
Fisheries, Fort Pierce (Fla.), Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Florida, Fishery management, Fishing
Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers
1 sound file (64 min.) : digital, MP3 file +
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Thiess, William (Interviewee), "William Thiess oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 4.