PATRICK-MURRAY ADMINISTRATION PROCLAIMS OCTOBER 6 AS MASSACHUSETTS LOBSTER DAY
Fresh, local lobster available at a low price.
BOSTON – Friday, October 5, 2012 – At the peak of lobster season in the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick has signed a proclamation establishing October 6, 2012 as “Massachusetts Lobster Day” and the Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and its Division of Marine Fisheries is encouraging residents to observe it by enjoying local lobsters from their favorite fish markets and restaurants.
“The lobster fishery has provided a source of food, jobs and a way of life that dates back to the Native Americans and the first European settlers," said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin. “Many people think of purchasing lobster in the summer, but October is also a fantastic time of year to get an excellent quality lobster at a good price."
American lobster is low in fat, calories, and cholesterol and high in protein, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, zinc, and Vitamins B12, B6, B3 (niacin), B2 (riboflavin), and A.
"Our fishing industry, and especially the lobster industry, is one of the largest contributors to the Massachusetts economy," said Rep. James M. Cantwell. "I am pleased Governor Patrick is acknowledging that contribution to the economy, as well as the industry's long and storied contribution to the rich history of Massachusetts and New England."
The Massachusetts lobster industry is diligent in its effort to conserve the lobster population. Harvesting is regulated by strict controls on licenses and traps fished, as well as biological measures to protect and conserve lobster populations, such as minimum and maximum legal sizes, and the mark and release of reproductive females. Massachusetts lobstermen are also at the forefront of efforts to protect marine mammals. Massachusetts is the first and only state to require lobstermen to fish exclusively by "sinking" lines between traps in state waters, minimizing the risk of trapping whales and other marine mammals.
"I would like to thank Governor Patrick and the state for the proclamation on behalf of the Commonwealth's lobster industry," said Bill Adler, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association. "Our lobster fishermen want to invite consumers to enjoy another taste of summer by having lobster during this fall season. Besides having a delicious and healthy dinner experience, everyone will also be supporting our Massachusetts lobstermen. Buy local, buy fresh."
Facts about lobster and the Massachusetts lobster fishery:
- In 2011, Massachusetts commercial fishermen landed more than 13.7 million pounds of lobster in Massachusetts, generating a gross income of more than $54.6 million.
- Massachusetts' lobster fishery generates about $250 million for the Commonwealth's economy by doing business with marine suppliers, bait dealers, lobster dealers, restaurants, retail outlets, supply manufacturers, fuel sales, boat and engine builders, banks and insurance companies.
- There are about 1,430 lobster permits issued to commercial fishermen in Massachusetts and 9,360 recreational lobster permits. A total of 52 Massachusetts ports have commercial lobster trap fishermen.
- The commercial lobster fishery is the second most valuable fishery in Massachusetts, after the sea scallop fishery.
- Massachusetts has the second most valuable American lobster fishery in the nation.
- The Massachusetts lobster trap fishery is conducted by individual, small, owner-operated enterprises.
The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) is responsible for promoting the conservation and enjoyment of the Commonwealth's natural resources. DFG carries out this mission through land protection and wildlife habitat management, management of inland and marine fish and wildlife species, and ecological restoration of fresh water, salt water, and terrestrial habitats. DFG promotes enjoyment of the Massachusetts environment through outdoor skills workshops, fishing festivals and other educational programs, and by enhancing access to the Commonwealth's rivers, lakes, and coastal waters.