Terry L. Howard
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.
Fisheries, Fishers, Interviews, Fishery closures, Fishery management
00:57:50; 36 page transcript
Ft. Pierce (Fla.)
Benton, Robert, "Robert Benton Oral History Interview" (2010). Oculina Bank Oral History Project. 8.