Terry L. Howard
Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Joseph Klostermann. Klostermann has been a commercial fisherman since 1972 and currently owns four boats. He routinely fished Oculina Bank before it was closed and estimates that he lost $40,000 in income the year the closure was enacted. Although he continues to catch his limit of fish, he now has to travel much farther to do it. In his opinion, there is a lot of poaching by sport fishermen that is not being addressed by any of the regulatory agencies, and management seems to be directed more to the commercial fishermen. Klostermann acknowledges that closed areas can be a valid fishery management tool and prefers smaller closed areas to closed seasons. Many fisheries are already showing improvement due to the current restrictions. In this interview, Klostermann also describes his fishing techniques and some of the equipment he uses.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:42:00; 24 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Klostermann, Joseph Jr., "Joseph Klostermann Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 45.