Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Mike Hogan. Hogan, a native of Fort Pierce, grew up fishing and fished approximately 80 days per year as an adult. Oculina Bank was one of his favorite fishing spots before it was closed to grouper and snapper fishing, and he went there nearly every trip. Since the closure of Oculina Bank, he has all but given up offshore fishing. Hogan disagrees with the concept of marine protected areas, arguing that since they are difficult to enforce, unscrupulous fishers will continue to fish there. He favors size limits, bag limits, and trip limits, which should be enforced at the dock, and is not opposed to closed seasons if they are scientifically justified. Hogan perceives that some fisheries, such as dolphinfish, have decreased in recent years despite increasingly strict limits and indicate that the regulations are not effective, and he thinks that the complicated rules are driving people out of fishing. In this interview, Hogan also describes some of his fishing techniques and recounts some memorable stories.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:42:13; 29 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Hogan, Michael D., "Michael D. Hogan Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 41.