Michael Jepson | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Michael Jepson

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Mark Hubbard

Third generation charter fishermen; also does "party boat fishing" and used to gill net for mullet. He was 8 or 10 when he started woking at his family's business. He fishes independently for 36 years. He can remember two major Red Tide events (2005 and 2018). He talks extensivey about water quality problems that exacerbate the impacts of red tides.

Michael Jepson, Mandy Karnauskas Madeira Beach, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Will Ward

Interview with Will Ward.

Mandy Karnauskas, Michael Jepson Madeira Beach, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
David Zalewski

Charter offshore fisherman. He notes that he has experienced many red tide events, but the majorty of them were mild ones, except the 2005 and 2018 ones which had devastating impacts.
"Yeah I have been experiencing red tide off and my whole history of charter boating in this area.  I mean we have had mild blooms.  We have had major blooms.  You know the one that comes to mind I think was about five or six years ago and that one was almost as severe as this one here… the one we have right now.  As far as devastation."

Michael Jepson Madeira Beach, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Bryon Holland

Interview with Bryon Holland

Michael Jepson, Amanda Stoltz Madeira Beach, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Howard Grimm

Howard Grimm is the mayor of Everglades City. He has ample experience on the water as commercial and recreational fisherman, and he's also involved in the seafood industry. Traditionally, Red Tide events do not affect the Everglades City area, however Grimm recalls one event in the early 80's which occurred offshore. It was the worst one he personally experienced. 

Michael Jepson, Suzana Blake Everglades City, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Bruce Hitchcock

Bruce Hitchcock is a fishing guide residing in Everglades City. Throughout his time in Everglades City, he has almost never noticed any Red Tide event until 2012. Hitchcock alludes to several fish kills, but attributes them to other harmful algal blooms/oxygen depletion not related to Red Tide. 

Michael Jepson, Amanda Stoltz Everglades City, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Rick Waite and Tom Olyanarnyk

Rick Waite and Tom Olyanarnyk are commercial fishermen from Cortez. Their earliest memories of a Red Tide event was during the 1970s, where they witnessed a bad fish kill mostly affecting crabs. Since then, Red Tide events became more frequent and intense. Waite and Olyanarnyk also note the changes and threats to the fishing industry, and give regulation suggestions. 

Michael Jepson, Christina Package-Ward Cortez, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Paul Moore

Paul Moore is a local Cortez stone crabber. Moore has been fishing and stone crabbing in the Cortez area since the 1970s. The worst red tide he remembers was in the 1970s. The Red Tide in 2018 was comparable to the one in the 1970s, but the duration was much longer. 

Michael Jepson Cortez, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Nate Meschelle

Nate Meshelle is a young commercial fisherman based out of Cortez. The earliest Red Tide Meshelle remembers was in 2004/05, where he saw a huge mullet fish kill. Meshelle recalls several red tide events, occurring annually, along the central gulf coast. In the most recent Red Tide event, Meshelle witnessed a lot of dead pinfish, grunts, and eels. 

Michael Jepson Cortez, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida
Mike Davis

Mike Davis is a commercial fisherman residing in Cortez. Davis recalls several Red Tide events affecting the central Gulf coast. In his experience, the Red Tide (although made the water black) that hit around 20 years ago was the worst. 

Michael Jepson Cortez, FL Southeast Fisheries Science Center A History of Red Tide events on the West Coast of Florida

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