National Lobster Day Resolution Rolls Through U.S. Senate
Fourth annual National Lobster Day to take place on September 25
WASHINGTON, DC – In recognition of the economic, cultural, and historic importance of the lobster industry to Rhode Island and other coastal states, the U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution late last night designating Tuesday, September 25, 2018 as “National Lobster Day.” This marks the fourth straight year for the national celebration of one of New England’s most iconic crustaceans.
The resolution (S. Res. 221), cosponsored by U.S. Senators Angus King (I-ME), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), and six of their New England colleagues, invites lobster lovers to mark their culinary calendars for the last Tuesday in September.
“The National Lobster Day celebration continues to grow each year and it’s a great way to celebrate our hardworking lobstermen and women and the positive impact lobsters have on Rhode Island’s economy. It also highlights the connection between a clean, healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy,” said Senator Reed. “National Lobster Day has become a tremendous showcase for Rhode Island’s many great restaurants, dishing up delicious deals and promoting tourism for the state. Whether you enjoy lobster fresh off the boat, or with fresh-made pasta, Rhode Island offers plenty of ways to join the celebration.”
Lobster fishing has served as an economic engine and a family tradition in the United States for centuries, helping to support the livelihoods of thousands of families through fishing, processing, and shipping. Nearly 150 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in U.S waters.
According to NOAA Fisheries most recent Fisheries of the U.S. report, American lobsters were the nation’s most valuable landed species in 2016. Maine led the nation in American lobster landings, with 132 million pounds valued at nearly $537.9 million while Rhode Island lobstermen landed approximately 2.26 million pounds. Rhode Island ranks 4th in the nation in lobster landings after Maine, Massachusetts (17.7 million pounds), and New Hampshire (5.7 million pounds).
According to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, lobster typically ranks as Rhode Island's second most valuable commercial fishery, behind squid.
The “National Lobster Day” resolution text follows:
Designating September 25, 2018, as ‘‘National Lobster Day’’.
Whereas American lobster is consistently among the most valuable species landed in the United States;
Whereas lobstering has served as an economic engine and family tradition in the United States for centuries;
Whereas thousands of families in the United States make their livelihoods from catching, processing, or serving lobsters;
Whereas the lobster industry employs people of all ages, and many harvesters begin fishing as children and stay in the industry for their entire working lives;
Whereas historical lore notes that lobster likely joined turkey on the table at the very first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, and it continues to be a mainstay during many other holiday traditions;
Whereas responsible resource management practices beginning in the 1600s have created one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world;
Whereas, throughout history, United States presidents have served lobster at their inaugural celebrations and state dinners with international leaders;
Whereas lobster is an excellent, versatile source of lean protein that is low in saturated fat and high in vitamin B12;
Whereas the peak of the lobstering season in the United States occurs in the late summer;
Whereas the growing reputation of the American lobster as a unique, high-quality, and healthy food has increased its consumption and driven demand internationally;
Whereas the Unicode Consortium added a lobster to its latest emoji set in recognition of the popularity of the species around the world;
Whereas countless people in the United States enjoy lobster rolls to celebrate summer, from beaches to backyards and fine dining restaurants to lobster shacks;
Whereas lobster inspires festivals from Maine to California, where people come together to celebrate their love for the crustacean;
Whereas many people in the United States continue to enjoy steamed lobster with drawn butter; and
Whereas the number of recipes incorporating lobster is growing with chefs across the United States incorporating the protein in new and creative ways from lobster dumplings to lobster grilled cheese: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates September 25, 2018, as ‘‘National Lobster Day’’; and
(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.