Approximately 185 students from
two high schools in Maine participated in the pilot Local
Fisheries Knowledge (LFK) Project during the 2003-2004
academic year, and another 159 during 2004-2005 academic
Each school created an overarching theme to guide
students' LFK interviews. Students organized into
teams to conduct interviews.
Ellsworth High School
ME. Hancock County.
What does the fishing industry have
to do with Ellsworth High School's communities?
Ellsworth HS. Photo by Grey
At Ellsworth High School, all 10th
grade students in English, science, and
social studies participated
during the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 academic years
Jonesport-Beals High School
Jonesport, ME. Washington County.
What is our place in the changing face
of Jonesport-Beal's marine culture?
Jonesport-Beals HS. Photo
by Jennifer Isé,
High School, 12th grade students
technology and enterpreneurship classes participated
during the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 academic years.
The 2005/2006 students include 9 th graders and 12
The communities of Ellsworth and Jonesport are located
in the Downeast region of Maine. This area has
heritage, though fishing has influenced each community to different
degrees. The community of Ellsworth has developed around regional
fisheries by providing support services such as fish processing
Many families in Jonesport and on neighboring
Beals Island have been fishing for a living for over 200
years. Some students
High School will carry on this tradition. During the first
pilot year, 35 of the 125 students at the school
had commercial fishing licenses.
Three of this year’s participants already have their lobster permits. Other
students may go on
to work in fisheries related fields, such as fishing
gear construction, boat building, fisheries science, or aquaculture.
The commercial fishing profession and fishing communities,
however, face an uncertain future in Maine. More
about regional fishing issues…