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

God Save the Commonwealth of Massachusetts