Avery Hodous and Austin Pooler completed a graduation requirement for Lincoln Academy by completing a job-shadow requirement on Friday, May 6. They learned the different aspects of the lobstering profession. Their job-shadow training included trap maintenance and gear, and pot-buoy preparation, as well as a discussion regarding the lobstering industry and the ability to be a lobsterman. Major Cloutier of the Maine Department of Marine Resources marine patrol clarified the new legislation regarding the change in age limits as to the ability to participate in the Maine Lobster Apprenticeship Program.
On Saturday, May 7 the students went out aboard the Halcyon and hauled in lobster-fishing gear. Nathan Hanna, captain of the Halcyon and a lobster fisherman, enjoyed educating the next generation about the industry and appreciated the assistance the students provided getting gear ready for the upcoming season. Saturday was a bit rough out on the water and it was a good eye-opener as to the conditions fishermen can face on the ocean.
Austin is completing his second year in the electrical program at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center and is looking forward to summer employment at Mid-Coast Energy Systems Inc. Avery is considering his options in the lobstering industry and is also participating in the electrical program at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center.
Both students are looking forward to their graduation in June from Lincoln Academy.