Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-05-04

Publication Date

Fall 9-13-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with journalist and recreational fisherman Ed Killer. Killer, the outdoors editor for the Fort Pierce Tribune, has been covering fishing tournaments and events for newspapers and magazines since 1994. He has fished the Oculina Bank, interviewed numerous other fishers who are familiar with the area, and has written several columns about its closure. His own fishing was not affected when the restrictions were enacted, but many of his readers were very disappointed, particularly at the ban on grouper and snapper. In Killer's opinion, closing areas to fishing is not a viable solution, and it has a deleterious effect on the local economy. Closed seasons, he argues, can be an effective tool for certain fisheries, like snook. He also approves of catch limits or limits per vessel, but does not favor quotas. In this interview, Killer also discusses recent environmental conditions, including the Gulf oil spill.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00016

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