Fred Calabretta | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Fred Calabretta

Interviewee Description Interviewer Date of Interview Location of Interview Affiliation Collection
Tor Bendiksen

Tor Bendiksen discusses what it’s like to be involved in a family-owned business that manufactures fishing gear such as nets and trawls for commercial fishermen. He made his first fishing trip at the age of thirteen aboard his father’s trawler. He understands from first-hand experience how fishing gear works and the needs of his customers. He discusses how fishing regulations have evolved from when he first stated fishing to what they are today. The regulations have a tremendous impact on how he designs his custom fishing gear.

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Tony Vieira

Tony Vieira is a 46-year-old marine electronics specialist and the owner of T & K Marine Electronics in New Bedford, MA.  He describes his work history in the marine electronics field, his company, and the work he does on a day-to-day basis.  He also speaks about the changes in technology and the industry he has seen over the past twenty-five years. 

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Phil Mello

Phillip Mello describes his duties as a general manager at Bergies Seafood in New Bedford, MA, including auctions, transportation, fish cutting, sales, deliveries and networking. He joined Tichon Seafood in 1980 and continues to be active throughout the Fairhaven/New Bedford Harbor. Mello enjoys photography and documenting the fishing community. Changes in weather and fishing regulations have altered prices, catches and the economy of the fishing industry.

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Petter & Sharon Ulrichsen

Petter and his wife Sharon own Harbor Hydraulics in Fairhaven, which he started with his brother some years ago. Petter graduated from New Bedford Vocational school, worked fishing with his father-in-law for a while, then at Scandia propellers, and eventually opened his own shop doing both installations and the business end of the paperwork. Sharon does the computer work and their son works in the shop and doing installations on the boats.

Fred Calabretta Fairhaven, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Peter Heleen

Peter Heleen, fifty-six years old, has been involved in the fishing and shipping industry since he was a teenager. A graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy, he worked for a variety of companies, including C.E. Beckman Company, a marine supply company, until 2013, when he became the yards purchasing manager for the Fairhaven Shipyard.

Fred Calabretta Fairhaven, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Sarah Fortin

Sarah Fortin describes herself as “a Jane of all trades.” She’s now 29 and has been working at Reidar’s since she was in high school, first starting part time after school to learn specific skills, and then went full time and has been there ever since.

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Kirsten Bendiksen

Kirsten Bendiksen talks about her work in her family’s business, Reidar’s Manufacturing, a gear manufactory/support industry in New Bedford, formerly in Fairhaven. Talks about her Norwegian immigrant heritage and marrying a Norwegian fisherman, and later starting their busy gear shop, one of the few left to serve the industry. Kirsten works as bookkeeper in the business, which also employs her husband and their two sons and other workers.

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Jose Magalhaes

Jose “Joe” Magalhaes describes his work as a paint shop foreman for the Fairhaven Shipyard located in Fairhaven, Massachusetts. He is a Portuguese immigrant who is fifty-seven and has been working at Fairhaven Shipyard since he left high school at sixteen years old. He talks about how he got started “back in the day” and learned his craft from his highly skilled co-workers.

Fred Calabretta Fairhaven, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
Joe Moniz

Joe Moniz first came to the States as a soccer player. Later he emigrated to New Bedford from St. Michael in the Azores, where he’d been a farmer, as were most of his family. He’s been a lumper for many years, although he started out in construction for five years before lumping. He talks about the work of a lumper and the process of unloading boats, changes in the industry and in boats and technology and its effects on the job, changes in kinds and hauls of fish, and his love for the independence of the work.

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront
John "Jeff" Ferreira

Jeff Ferreira is a 50-year-old supervisor of F & B Rubberized in New Bedford, MA, a company that specializes in tire recycling for use in the fishing industry. In this interview, he describes the history of the company, his job at F & B Rubberized, and the uses of recycled tires in the fishing industry.  He speaks about his company notably as a family business and what he hopes for the future of fishing and tire recycling.  

Fred Calabretta New Bedford, MA New Bedford Fishing Heritage Center Workers on the New Bedford Waterfront

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