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At 101, This Maine Woman Is Still Hauling Lobsters With No Plans To Stop

Virginia Oliver
Robert F. Bukaty
Virginia Oliver, age 101, works as a sternman, measuring and banding lobsters on her son Max Oliver's boat, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021, off Rockland, Maine. The state's oldest lobster harvester has been doing it since before the onset of the Great Depression.

ROCKLAND, Maine (AP) - More than 90 years after starting, Maine's oldest lobster harvester is still doing it at age 101.

Virginia Oliver is the oldest lobster fisher in the state and possibly the oldest one in the world. Oliver still faithfully tends to her 200 traps off Rockland, Maine, with her 78-year-old son Max.

She started catching lobsters when she was 8, and has no intention to stop.

Oliver also said she's concerned about the health of the lobster population, which she said is subject to heavy fishing pressure these days.