Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-04-22

Publication Date

Fall 9-8-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Steve Lowe. Lowe has lived in Fort Pierce since 1938 and worked in the fishing industry for most of his life, as a fisherman and owner of a fish house, before retiring in 2006. He began fishing Oculina Bank in the 1950s and helped the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution locate the area in 1972. There were not many boats fishing the area then due to the tide, and all were commercial. When the area was closed to grouper and snapper fishing in 1994, Lowe stopped going there and compensated by targeting mostly kingfish. In Lowe's opinion, quotas are the best way to manage a fishery, not closing species or areas. He thinks that the regulations have worked to put fishermen out of business. In this interview, Lowe also describes his fishing techniques and some of the equipment he used.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00014

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