Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-08-30

Publication Date

Fall 11-16-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Robert Cardin. Cardin, a native of Fort Pierce, began fishing at an early age and started to sell his catch as a teenager. He is extremely familiar with the Oculina Bank, having fished it frequently but not exclusively. He is also on the South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council's Oculina Evaluation Outreach Team. After the bank's closure, Cardin began working with a partner and has to take pains to avoid entering the restricted area. He works his way through different fisheries based on which fish are present, the potential for minimal by-catch, and price, changing techniques or locations when needed. Cardin generally supports fishing regulations such as closed seasons, trip limits, and closed areas, but feels that these regulations do not adequately address by-catch issues. The regulations also need to be enforced, since there will be fishermen who ignore the rules. In this interview, Cardin also discusses his fishing history, his techniques, and some of the technology he uses.

Keywords

Fisheries, Fort Pierce (Fla.), Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Florida, Fishery management, Fishing

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

Format

1 sound file (73 min.) : digital, MP3 file +

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O06-00038

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