Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-04-26

Publication Date

Fall 9-8-2010

Abstract

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.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00015

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