Commonwealth of Massachusetts
A Proclamation
His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick

Whereas Lobster fishing is the Commonwealth’s oldest continuous industry; and  

Whereas In 2010, more than 12.7 million pounds of lobster were landed in Massachusetts by commercial fishermen; and  

Whereas There are 52 ports in Massachusetts that have commercial lobster trap fishermen. 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, Deval L. Patrick, Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim October 11th, 2011 to be,

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 first day of October, in the year two thousand and ten, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-fourth.

By His Excellency                  
Deval L. Patrick 
Governor of the Commonwealth 

William Francis Galvin            
Secretary of the Commonwealth


God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.