Biographies: Florida Fishermen

Florida FishermenThese Florida fishermen are featured in Pew's video, U.S. Southeast Fishermen Speak Out: Protect Our Fish. Learn more about them and why they want to protect the valuable fish of the Southeast.

Narrator Terry Gibson
, of Jensen Beach, has fished in Southeastern waters since the late 1970s and has dived in them for almost as long. As a journalist, Gibson has reported on fishery and coastal management issues in most coastal U.S. states and more than 20 countries. Gibson also has served in editor-level positions at Saltwater Fly Fishing Magazine, the Florida Sportsman Communications Network and Outdoor Life. In 2006, the Florida Wildlife Federation awarded him the Burk "Biff" Lampton Conservation Writer of the Year award. He is the principal owner of North Swell Media & Consulting and serves as recreational fishing consultant for the Pew Environment Group.


Boat Capt. Mike Newman, of Jupiter, has fished commercially in the Southeast for more than 30 years and is a long-time charter boat captain. He also is an ocean engineer with a bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University and operates a marine contracting business with his father. Newman worked with marine researchers to gather data on sharks and groupers in the Southeast and Caribbean. In addition to his angling experience, Newman has logged thousands of dives in the region as a spear fisherman and on research missions.


Diver/Angler Walt Stearns, of Palm Beach Gardens, is part of a family legacy of outdoor journalists, and he has dived and fished in the region for more than 40 years. Stearns, an award-winning underwater photographer, has filmed marine life throughout the Caribbean, the Pacific, Indo-Pacific and in the waters off South Africa. Stearns was inducted into the Explorers Club in 2005 for his discovery and documentation of a large group of lemon sharks that had gathered off Palm Beach County for possible breeding. He is publisher of the online dive publication, The Underwater Journal.


Capt. Justin Rieger, of Hobe Sound, holds commercial fishing licenses and is a charter boat operator who offers fishing adventures such as trolling for deep-sea big game, bottom-fishing for reef fish and plying inshore waters with fly-fishing and light tackle. He has worked in tackle shops, as a commercial fisherman and as a charter boat mate since age 15.