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Commonwealth of Massachusetts A Proclamation His Excellency Governor Deval L. Patrick
Whereas Whales are the majestic creatures of the ocean; and
Whereas Nantucket was one of the earliest whaling ports in North America and the Bay State quickly became a major hub for whaling; and
Whereas Today, the Commonwealth is recognized as one of the top ten places in the world to go whale watching and appreciate their beauty; and
Whereas Whales annually feed for seven months off our coast; and
Whereas Due to developing conditions in our oceans, whales are facing many threats including, entanglement in commercial fishing gear, vessel strikes, noise pollution, and habitat degradation; and
Whereas Massachusetts has taken many steps to alleviate these threats, such as regulating the use of sinking groundline to reduce entanglement and enacting speed restrictions in Cape Cod Bay,
Now, Therefore, I, Deval L. Patrick,Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, do hereby proclaim May 2, 2013, to be
WHALE AWARENESS 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 twenty-first day of March, in the year two thousand and thirteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America, the two hundred and thirty-sixth.
By His Excellency
Deval L. Patrick Governor of the Commonwealth
William Francis Galvin Secretary of the Commonwealth