PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — In celebration of one of New England’s favorite crustaceans, Sen. Jack Reed is joining in the fight to designate Sept. 25 as “National Lobster Day.”
Reed is joining a bipartisan group of Senators from New England to introduce the new legislation. He said “National Lobster Day” would honor the lobsters’ economic, historic, cultural and culinary contributions to Rhode Island and across the nation.
“National Lobster Day is a fun and tasty way to pay tribute to our local lobstermen and women and the important economic impact lobsters have on Rhode Island’s economy,” Reed said. “It is a great way to celebrate an industry that supports hundreds of Rhode Island families and helps bring tourists to the area to enjoy delicious, freshly caught lobster and seafood.”
The resolution is being led by Maine’s Sen. Angus King and Sen. Susan Collins.
Reed also said “National Lobster Day” would help Rhode Island’s restaurants boost sales.
“Whether you enjoy lobster fresh off the boat, or with fresh-made pasta, Rhode Island offers plenty of ways to join the celebration,” Reed said.
Reed said he expects the full U.S. Senate to once again unanimously approve the “National Lobster Day” resolution.
Read the full text of the “National Lobster Day” legislation below:
Designating September 25, 2018, as ‘‘National Lobster Day’’.
Whereas American lobster is consistently among the most valuable species landed in the United States;
Whereas lobstering has served as an economic engine and family tradition in the United States for centuries;
Whereas thousands of families in the United States make their livelihoods from catching, processing, or serving lobsters;
Whereas the lobster industry employs people of all ages, and many harvesters begin fishing as children and stay in the industry for their entire working lives;
Whereas historical lore notes that lobster likely joined turkey on the table at the very first Thanksgiving feast in 1621, and it continues to be a mainstay during many other holiday traditions;
Whereas responsible resource management practices beginning in the 1600s have created one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world;
Whereas, throughout history, United States presidents have served lobster at their inaugural celebrations and state dinners with international leaders;
Whereas lobster is an excellent, versatile source of lean protein that is low in saturated fat and high in vitamin B12;
Whereas the peak of the lobstering season in the United States occurs in the late summer;
Whereas the growing reputation of the American lobster as a unique, high-quality, and healthy food has increased its consumption and driven demand internationally;
Whereas the Unicode Consortium added a lobster to its latest emoji set in recognition of the popularity of the species around the world;
Whereas countless people in the United States enjoy lobster rolls to celebrate summer, from beaches to backyards and fine dining restaurants to lobster shacks;
Whereas lobster inspires festivals from Maine to California, where people come together to celebrate their love for the crustacean;
Whereas many people in the United States continue to enjoy steamed lobster with drawn butter; and
Whereas the number of recipes incorporating lobster is growing with chefs across the United States incorporating the protein in new and creative ways from lobster dumplings to lobster grilled cheese: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That the Senate—
(1) designates September 25, 2018, as ‘‘National Lobster Day’’; and
(2) encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.