Women in the Maritime Communities of the North-eastern Adriatic
It is not unusual to consider fishery as relating only to what takes place when the vessel leaves the dock and goes to sea. However, the fishing activities that take place ashore are just as important. And this is where women come in.
The role of women in fishing communities is fundamental both for the social fabric – they deal with the family, interpersonal relationships and economic management – and for the phases preceding and following the actual catch.
The women own boats and fish, look for bait, make and repair the nets, clean the fish, distribute it in a street or market network and, finally, process the catch in factories. This is heavy work, difficult but essential for the survival of oneself and of the family. Naturally, household chores also encompass these efforts.
Maritime communities would cease to exist without the work done by women.