Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida
By Robert F. Edic,
University of Florida
From the Gulf Coast of Southern Florida, the Last Keepers of Age-Old Fishing Traditions Recall A Vanishing Way of Life …
As the twentieth century ends, so do many historic fishing traditions in Charlotte Harbor, Florida. Anthropologist and oral historian Robert Edic sets out to rescue this unique heritage from oblivion. In doing so, he gives us a unique glimpse of the lives of Gulf coast fisherfolk in the early part of the century.
Edic interviewed some of the last traditional fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor. Most were born before 1918, and their words and photographs evoke an image of life in the days before power boats, monofilament nets, and modern sports fishing.
Intimately acquainted with the coastal environment, these senior fisherfolk also remind us of the fragile balance between people and the harbor’s habitat. Through their eyes, we see again and again how the fishery resources of the harbor have been altered by the modern world.
Fisherfolk of Charlotte Harbor, Florida not only recreates a long-ago era, it sounds an alarm. In Charlotte Harbor, as perhaps in many places, the vanishing of traditional ways heralds more profound and far-reaching changes to our natural world.
Author: Robert F. Edic
Printed in Canada