Oculina Bank Oral History Project

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The Oculina Bank is a 90-mile strip of coral reef near the continental shelf between Cape Canaveral and Ft. Pierce. It gets its name from the presence of Oculina varicosa coral banks, thickets, and rubble zones.  Since 1984, various regulations have limited or prohibited fishing in this Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC). In 2010, the Gulf and South Atlantic Fisheries Foundation Inc., University of Florida anthropology doctoral candidate Ava Lasseter, and the USF Libraries Oral History Program began an oral history project to assess the Oculina Bank HAPC's impact on Ft. Pierce recreational, charter, and commercial fishermen.

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