WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King released a statement in honor of National Lobster Day, which will be celebrated this coming Sunday. In July, the Senate unanimously passed a resolution introduced by Senators Collins and King that designated September 25, 2016, as National Lobster Day.
“The lobster industry is not only an iconic part of Maine’s image, but it’s also a significant engine in our local economy that supports families up and down our coast,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “By designating September 25th as National Lobster Day, the Senate has once again recognized lobster’s tremendous value for our communities while honoring the hardworking people in the industry. The thousands of Mainers who haul lobster from our shores, process it, and distribute it ensure that this delicious Maine product can be enjoyed across the country and around the world. Lobster is a livelihood and a way of life for many Maine people, and we will always work to make sure this proud industry can continue its positive impact for generations to come.”
Lobster continues to be one of the largest catches in U.S. waters, with more than 120 million pounds landed each year. The industry is a significant economic driver and important cultural tradition for coastal communities.
The National Lobster Day resolution passed by the Senate recognizes lobster’s prominent place in the culture and economy of the United States. The resolution was also co-sponsored by Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.), Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Ed Markey (D-Mass.).
The full text of the “National Lobster Day” resolution can be found HERE.