Residents of Mississippi’s Gulf Coast have lifestyles that are subsistently tied to the natural world. From fishing and hunting to net making and boat building, the people of the Gulf Coast do a little of everything. Throughout time, Mississippians have relied on natural resources for food as well as a source of income. The trade of net making has been passed down by generations. Most learn by following in the footsteps of their relatives.
Net making is an art form that requires patience and refined skill. There are a variety of styles of netting, depending on the types of fishing as well as the areas to be fished. Nets vary in size, material, and overall functionality. They are modified with floats and weights to enhance the opportunity for a catch.