101-Year-Old Lobster Catcher Not Planning To Retire

Since starting over 90 years ago, a 101-year-old oldest lobster farmer in Maine, still catches lobster today.

Virginia Oliver, the oldest lobster catcher in the state of Maine and perhaps even the oldest in the world. He still diligently sets his 200 lobster traps in Rockland, Maine, along with his 78-year-old son Max.

“I tied up the lobsters, measured them and put them in the tank,” he explained.

Oliver started catching lobster when he was eight years old and as of now, he has no plans to retire from lobster fishing. “I’ve always done it, so will probably continue to do it.”

Virginia Oliver (L), chats with her son Max Oliver as he heads out to sea to catch lobster at dawn in Rockland, Maine, Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Virginia Oliver (101 years), the oldest lobster fisherman in the state.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Virginia Oliver (L), chats with her son Max Oliver as he heads out to sea to catch lobster at dawn in Rockland, Maine, Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Virginia Oliver (101 years), the oldest lobster fisherman in the state. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

He has fond memories of when he started catching lobster and how he dramatically quit his old job. She still remembers telling her husband that she wants to go lobster fishing with him.

“I was still working in a printing press. I had been married for three and a half years. One day, he came home and saw the yard filled with coal. My husband said, ‘Oh I thought you were going to work’ and I said, ‘I just went to work and said, I want to quit my job. I want to go catch lobster with you,’ he explained.

Virginia Oliver, 101, pilots her son's boat Max Oliver, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, off the coast of Rockland, Maine.  Oliver is the oldest lobster fisherman in the state and perhaps the oldest in the world.  (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

Virginia Oliver, 101, pilots her son’s boat Max Oliver, Tuesday, August 31, 2021, off the coast of Rockland, Maine. Oliver is the oldest lobster fisherman in the state and perhaps the oldest in the world. (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty)

He also still remembers some terrible experiences while catching lobsters. “My son-in-law loves crab meat. So one day I set aside a crab. The crab pinched my little finger. If only the little finger had no bones, the crab would have cut my pinky off. I had to go to the doctor and get it. seven stitches,” he recalled.

Oliver added that he was concerned about the health of the lobster population due to the recent massive fishing. [lj/uh]

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