Get out your bibs and butter--Thursday, October 8 is National Lobster Day. And it's official according to a proclamation from the governor.
Last month Governor Charlie Baker decreed:
Whereas Lobster fishing is the Commonwealth’s oldest continuous industry; and
Whereas There are approximately 50 ports in Massachusetts that have commercial lobster trap fishermen; and
Whereas Our lobster trap fishery is conducted by individual, small, owner-operated businesses rather than large corporations; and
Whereas Massachusetts-based lobster dealers are one of the leading chief suppliers of the American Lobster to the world market; and
Whereas The beginning of October is when the yearly supply of Commonwealth-caught lobsters are at their most abundant; and
Whereas For generations, the lobster has provided a source of food, jobs and economic activity, and a way of life that dates back to the Native Americans and the first European settlers,
Now, Therefore, I, Charles D. Baker, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 8th, 2015 to be,
NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY
And urge all the citizens of the Commonwealth to take cognizance of this event and participate fittingly in its observance.
Given at the Executive Chamber in Boston, this Fourteenth Day of September, in the year two thousand and fifteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-ninth.
A media campaign will follow to promote lobster in the commonwealth, according to the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association.
On Thursday in observance of National Lobster Day, Massachusetts lobstermen will meet with legislators and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton at the State House in Boston. Representatives from the New England Aquarium and the state Division of Marine Fisheries will also attend the event at the State House.
The Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association, which was founded in 1963, has 1,800 members.
The governor also decreed October 8 Depression Screening Day.