Terry L. Howard
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.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:41:41; 31 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Lowe, Steve, "Steve Lowe Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 42.