Blondel Handcock

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Changes in the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem Based Upon Interviews with Experienced Residents


"Changes in the Florida Keys Marine Ecosystem Based Upon Interviews with Experienced Residents" is a  collection by Karen DeMaria of Summerland Key, FL completed in April 1996. Funded by the Nature Conservancy and the Center for Marine Conservation, the project sought to describe through oral history interviews, environmental changes in the Florida Keys marine ecosystem. 


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Biographical Sketch

Blondel Handcock is a seasoned fisherman with a rich history in the industry. Handcock has spent a significant portion of his life in the fishing industry, with his career spanning from 1976 to 1978. His experiences have not only been confined to his birthplace, but he also had the opportunity to work in Europe. Handcock's expertise in the field is evident in his detailed knowledge of fishing practices and the industry's dynamics. He has a deep understanding of the value of certain fishing practices and the implications of not adhering to them. His experiences have also led him to analyze various aspects of the industry, contributing to his comprehensive understanding of the field. Despite the challenges he has faced, including struggling periods and potential health risks, Handcock has remained committed to his profession. His resilience and dedication to his craft are evident in his ability to adapt to changing circumstances and persist in the face of adversity.

Scope and Content Note
The interview with Blondel Handcock provides a detailed account of his experiences and insights into the fishing industry. The conversation covers a wide range of topics, including his career trajectory, fishing practices, industry dynamics, and personal experiences. Handcock discusses his career, which spans from 1976 to 1978, and his experiences working in Europe. He also delves into the value of certain fishing practices and the implications of not adhering to them. The interview also reveals Handcock's analytical approach to the industry, as he discusses his analysis of various aspects of the field. The conversation also touches on the challenges Handcock has faced, including periods of struggle and potential health risks associated with the profession. Despite these challenges, Handcock's resilience and dedication to his craft are evident throughout the interview. The interview also includes discussions about the industry's future, with Handcock expressing his thoughts on potential changes and developments.

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