For Immediate Release - October 11, 2013

Patrick Administration Proclaims October 12 as Massachusetts Lobster Day

Fresh, local lobster available at a low price

BOSTON – Friday, October 11, 2013 – At the peak of lobster season in the Commonwealth, Governor Deval Patrick has signed a proclamation establishing October 12, 2013 as “Massachusetts Lobster Day.” The Department of Fish and Game (DFG) and its Division of Marine Fisheries are encouraging residents to observe it by enjoying local lobsters from their favorite fish markets and restaurants.

“Fishing for lobster is a traditional and economically valuable commercial activity in cities and towns all along the Massachusetts coast," said DFG Commissioner Mary Griffin. “This is a great time of year to get an excellent quality lobster at a good price and we encourage people to enjoy Massachusetts-caught lobster now and throughout the year."

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 lobstermen and fishermen have been the backbone of the Massachusetts economy for generations,” said Senate President Therese Murray. “I encourage residents in Massachusetts to enjoy locally-caught lobster on October 12th and to continue supporting our fishing industry throughout the year.”

"Our lobster and fishing industries are cornerstones in Massachusetts’ cultural heritage and diverse economy," said Rep. James M. Cantwell.  “Recognizing our lobstermen honors the industry's rich role in the 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 the Patrick Administration for their continued support of the Commonwealth's lobster industry," said Bill Adler, executive director of the Massachusetts Lobstermen's Association. "Lobster is a perfect meal for every special occasion, especially during the holiday season. Besides having a delicious and healthy dinner experience, you will also be supporting our Massachusetts lobstermen."

Facts about lobster and the Massachusetts lobster fishery:

  • In 2012, Massachusetts commercial fishermen landed more than 14.4 million pounds of lobster in Massachusetts, generating a gross income of more than $53.4 million.
  • The commercial lobster fishery is the second most valuable fishery in Massachusetts, after the sea scallop fishery, and the most valuable fishery conducted in state waters.
  • Massachusetts has the second most valuable American lobster fishery in the nation.
  • Massachusetts' lobster fishery generates about $250 million for the Commonwealth's economy by doing business with marine suppliers, bait dealers, lobster dealers, seafood processors, restaurants, retail outlets, supply manufacturers, fuel sales, boat and engine builders, banks and insurance companies.
  • More than 1,400 commercial lobster permits were issued to fishermen in 2013; Massachusetts also issued more than 9,000 recreational lobster permits.
  • A total of 52 Massachusetts ports have commercial lobster trap fishermen.
  • The Massachusetts lobster trap fishery is conducted by individual, small, owner-operated enterprises.
  • In 2013, Governor Patrick authorized the sale of frozen shell-on lobster tails inside Massachusetts.

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.