Terry L. Howard
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.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management, Fishing
01:13:23; 46 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Cardin, Robert, "Robert Cardin Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 6.