Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-08-05

Publication Date

Fall 11-2-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with recreational fisherman Robert Benton, the mayor of Fort Pierce, Florida. Benton began fishing as a child with his grandfather and now regularly fishes with his son. He is somewhat familiar with the Oculina Bank, but it was not a place he fished regularly since he does not do much bottom fishing. In Benton's opinion, the organizations that make fishery regulations need to rethink their management strategies. While closing specific areas is an acceptable tool to him, under certain circumstances, he feels that the slot limits for snook and other fish are too restrictive and cause more fish to die from being thrown back. He supports quotas and closed spawning seasons, but they must be enforced for everyone. In this interview, Benton also discusses his personal fishing history and current fishing activities.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00035

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