Fourteen-year-old Meghan LaPlante may have one of the coolest summer jobs we’ve heard about. For the last eight years, along with her dad and brother, Meaghan catches lobsters off the coast of Maine and sells them to customers through her home business, Miss Meghan’s Lobster Catch.
Meghan currently has a student lobstering license which allows her to maintain 150 traps. Working hard one day emptying her load, Meghan pulled out a very rare, vivid blue lobster. Only about a 1 in 2 million lobsters are blue. The unusual color is caused by genetic mutation that leads to excessive production of a particular protein.
However, the lobster, which Meghan named Skylar, won’t make it to the dinner plate. She has donated her new friend to the Main State Aquarium in West Boothbay Harbor.
Meghan’s dad introduced his children to lobstering because it was something he had done as a child as well. “Lobstering teaches a lot of lessons, instills responsibility and a strong work ethic,” he said in a local interview. Seems like kindness and compassion are other lessons Meghan has learned along the way.
We just love her sales pitch on the company Facebook page: “Hi. My name is Meghan and I am a 14-year-old local school girl. I was born and raised in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. I have started my own lobster company. This year I will be fishing 150 traps from my student lobstering license. I will be lobstering off my boat Miss Meghan. I have the lowest price in town! A great catch at a great price.”
Having exceeded the benchmark of 1,000 hours of lobstering under her student license, Meghan will be able to get a commercial license next year. That will allow her to set out 300 traps and give her the ability to earn more money, which is being socked away for her college fund.
A WYSKy shout out to this awesome entrepreneurial young woman you should know!