WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Angus King and Susan Collins announced that the Senate last night unanimously passed a resolution designating September 25, 2015 as “National Lobster Day.” The Maine Senators introduced the “National Lobster Day” resolution on July 27th to recognize lobster’s prominent place in the culture and economy of the United States.
“For generations, hardworking men and women have hauled lobster out of Maine’s waters and sent them around the globe where they’re prized as a delicacy,” Senators King and Collins said in a joint statement. “National Lobster Day not only recognizes their still-growing popularity, but it also underscores the significant role that lobsters play in supporting the economies of coastal communities across the country.”
Lobstering has long been a driving force for economic growth in the United States and serves as a symbol of the strong work ethic the industry has come to embody. Lobster is one of the largest catches in the U.S., with more than 120 million pounds landed each year.
“Maine Lobster is a culinary icon and economic powerhouse,” said Matt Jacobson, executive director of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative. “The designation of an official National Lobster Day not only garners excitement amongst food enthusiast but also recognizes the hard-working individuals who have dedicated their lives to the industry and bringing Maine Lobster from trap to table. We are grateful for the support of Senator King and Senator Collins in moving this resolution and acknowledging our industry efforts.”
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.), and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).
The full text of the “National Lobster Day” resolution can be viewed HERE.