Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Scott Osborne. Osborne grew up fishing, bought his first boat at the age of fifteen, and began working as a fisherman in Fort Pierce around 1987. He often fished Oculina Bank, which was a desirable location due to its large concentration of fish, but had to start moving farther north when the closures and restrictions were enacted there. After fishing for grouper and snapper was banned, Osborne stopped fishing the area and compensated for the loss by targeting kingfish, which he follows up the coast to North Carolina. In Osborne's opinion, closed areas are too restrictive. He prefers quotas or closed seasons as fishery management tools, provided that the scientific evidence supports them. He also feels that the commercial fishing fleet is being overly restricted compared to the recreational sector, which continues to increase every year. In this interview, Osborne also describes his fishing techniques and some of the equipment he uses.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:50:26; 33 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Osborne, Scott, "Scott Osborne Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 43.