Sarah Fortin, Fish Net Maker. New Bedford, Massachusetts
Fish net maker Sarah Fortin was working for Reidar’s Trawl & Scallop Gear Marine Supply in New Bedford, Massachusetts when she was interviewed by oral historian Fred Calabretta from the New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center as part of an American Folklife Center funded Archie Green Fellowship project. Fortin, who grew up in the community, talks about learning her trade, the skills she needed to master, and the challenges she sometimes faces as a younger female worker. She also told us about the vibrant community of fellow workers who continue to make New Bedford one of America’s most important and vibrant fishing ports.