ROCKLAND (AP) — A Rockland woman who harvests lobsters proves there’s no age limit to catching joy in what you love to do.
Virginia Oliver and her 78-year-old son, Max, still fire up the boat, head out on the water, drop the traps and pull up a harvest of lobsters.
Virginia is 101 years old and Maine’s oldest lobster harvester — and maybe the world’s oldest.
She’s done other things, like stitching pants and bathrobes, and also worked at a printing job.
But the lure of the ocean and that sought-after crustacean keep her anchored, even though she’s got battle scars on her hands and some puzzled whys from landlubbers.
Oliver still faithfully tends to about 200 traps off Rockland with Max.
She also said she has concerns about the lobster population in an era of heavy fishing pressures.