Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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Interviewer

Terry Howard

Date

2010-07-20

Publication Date

Fall 10-19-2010

Abstract

Oral history interview with commercial fisherman Gary Mills. Mills, a native of Fort Pierce, began commercial fishing in the 1970s. The Oculina Bank was his primary fishing spot. It was where he learned to fish, and he was one of the most accomplished fishermen in the area. In 1994, when bottom fishing for grouper and snapper was prohibited in the Oculina Bank, Mills' business took a major hit. By 1998, he had stopped fishing commercially. In Mills' opinion, the regulations are the most restrictive to commercial fishermen, but the recreational sector receives very little attention. He points out that there are many more sport fishing boats, compared to only a few commercial boats. They are rarely inspected or fined, and the fines are much smaller than they would be for a commercial boat. For this reason, closed areas are ineffective. In this interview, he also recounts his personal fishing history.

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

Holding Location

University of South Florida

Collection

Oculina Bank Oral History Project

Identifier

O6-00034

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