- Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
- Department of Fish and Game
- Division of Marine Fisheries
Media Contact for Governor Baker Proclaims October 8, 2015 “Lobster Day”
Boston — Governor Baker has proclaimed today, October 8, 2015, “Lobster Day” to support the Commonwealth’s valuable and historic lobster industry. In celebration, Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Matthew Beaton spoke at State House Lobster Day, organized by the Massachusetts Lobstermen’s Association.
“American lobsters are one of our most valuable commercial marine resource within state waters and have long been an important part of Massachusetts’ heritage, culture and economy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I am proud to proclaim today Lobster Day to honor the contributions Massachusetts’ lobstermen make to the Commonwealth.”
“The Massachusetts lobster fishery generates income for not just lobstermen but also lobster dealers, bait dealers, boat trap manufacturers, boat and engine builders and our state’s tourism industry,” said EEA Secretary Matthew Beaton. “By declaring today Lobster Day, the Baker-Polito Administration continues its support for the Commonwealth’s lobster industry and maintaining a healthy and sustainable lobster fishery within Massachusetts' waters.”
In 2014, 15.7 million pounds of lobster were landed in Massachusetts at a value of approximately $68.4 million. This represents an estimated 15 percent increase in value over 2013. Last year, the Division of Marine Fisheries (DMF) issued 1,169 commercial lobster permits and 7,634 recreational lobster permits.
Only Maine exceeds the Commonwealth in the size and value of its lobster fishery. Together, Massachusetts and Maine produced 94 percent of the total U.S. American lobster harvest in 2012. U.S. commercial lobster harvest that year totaled 150 million pounds valued at nearly $429 million.
“The American lobster fishery has provided a source of food, jobs and a unique way of life in coastal Massachusetts since before European settlement," said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner George Peterson. “People should know that October is a great time of year to get an excellent quality lobster at a good price."
“Massachusetts has a well managed, robust lobster fishery that provides delicious food and employment for thousands of people in the Commonwealth,” said Division of Marine Fisheries Director David Pierce.
Lobster Day at the State House offered visitors a chance to sample lobster bisque, to learn about lobsters and lobster fishing in the Commonwealth, to talk with local fishermen, and to visit with lobsters from the New England Aquarium.