Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-04-26

Publication Date

Fall 9-7-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Tommy Jones. Jones, a native of Fort Pierce, learned to fish as a child and started selling his catch when he was a teenager. He regularly fished Oculina Bank before it was closed and had to change fisheries as a result of the closure, concentrating on kingfish instead of grouper, snapper, and amberjacks. He also tilefished for several years, which was a profitable business, but one he eventually lost interest in. In Jones's opinion, trip limits are the best way to manage a fishery, although he does not particularly like any of the usual management tools. He argues that closed seasons only put more pressure on other fisheries, especially king and Spanish mackerel, because people will shift fisheries to continue earning a living. In this interview, Jones also describes his fishing techniques and some of the equipment he uses.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00012

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