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.
Fisheries, Florida, Fort Pierce, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
Fisheries; Fort Pierce; Florida; Fishery closures; Fishery management; Fisher; Interviews; Fishing; Fishers
Florida, Fort Pierce
Oral history, Online audio
1 sound file (71 min.) : digital, MP3 file + ;
University of South Florida
Oculina Bank Oral History Project
Killer, Edward (Interviewee), "Edward Killer oral history interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 40.