High Schools

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 year.

Each school created an overarching theme to guide students' LFK interviews.  Students organized into teams to conduct interviews.

Ellsworth High School
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Ellsworth, ME. Hancock County.

What does the fishing industry have to do with Ellsworth High School's communities?


Ellsworth HS. Photo by Grey Maxim, EHS


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
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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, NOAA Fisheries


At Jonesport-Beals High School, 12th grade students in business technology and enterpreneurship classes participated during the 2003/2004 and 2004/2005 academic years. The 2005/2006 students include 9 th graders and 12 th graders


The communities of Ellsworth and Jonesport are located in the Downeast region of Maine. This area has a rich fishing and maritime 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 and lumber for ship building.

Many families in Jonesport and on neighboring Beals Island have been fishing for a living for over 200 years. Some students at Jonesport-Beals 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…

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