Octave Toups | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Octave Toups

Location of Interview
Collection Name

Wetland Riders

The folks in the Wetland Riders collection were interviewed in the course of writing the book of that title. “Wetland Riders” was intended to help members of the commercial fishing industry and the general public understand how and why Gulf Coast states in the late 1980s and 1990s were giving exclusive access to key culinary species—such as the red drum and spotted seatrout—to the recreational fishing industry.

principal investigator
Interviewer
Affiliation
Date of Interview
11-01-1991
Audio
Biographical Sketch

Life-long fisherman and boatbuilder Octave Toups was born and raised on Bayou Lafourche, Louisiana, around Cut Off. He was an early developer of the “mud boat,” an inboard-powered skiff for running in shallow marshland waters where he netted red and black drum, spotted seatrout and other inshore species. Interview conducted at his home in Cut Off, Louisiana, in November 1991. 


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