The Tampa Bay Estuary: An Oral History of Community Collaboration to Restore Ecological Integrity

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Publication Date

January 2015

Abstract

Born in 1936, August "Gus" Muench grew up in Tampa's Seminole Heights neighborhood. Muench spent much of his childhood fishing and swimming in local rivers and streams. In 1976, after retiring from the General Telephone Company, Muench became a full-time commercial fisherman. In this oral history interview, Muench discusses his childhood on the bay, his history as a crab fisher, and his current business, Captain Gus' Crabby Adventure. He describes his role as a conservationist and his goals of restoring both the marine and plant environments of the bay. Muench recounts various challenges the bay has faced, including the effects of dredging, sewage water, and stormwater runoff. Muench also discuses his artificial reef business, Oyster Reef Designs, his role as director of the South Shore Intertidal Habitat Project, and his Uzita land preservation goals.

Keywords

Artificial reefs, Florida, Crab industry, Habitat conservation, Oral history, Online audio

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1 sound file ( 51 minutes) : digital, MPEG4 file + ;

Subject: topical

Artificial reefs; Crab industry; Habitat conservation

Subject: geographic

Florida

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Sound

Genre

Oral histories; Interviews

Identifier

T43-00016

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