Governor Paul LePage has signed a proclamation declaring August "Maine Lobster Month". As a result of Maine's successful lobster conservation effort, the state has hit record harvest levels for the last three years. The Governor's proclamation will help kick-off a celebration of lobster and the Maine Lobster Promotion Council's Lobster Lovers campaign. The campaign includes promotions with retailers, restaurants, and members of the hospitality industry in Maine and New England.
"The Lobster industry's bountiful harvest is certainly worth celebrating and encouraging everyone to enjoy this wonderful delicacy throughout the month of August and year-round," said Patrick Keliher, Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. "We continue to implement and promote conservation practices that will keep this industry strong."
The governor's proclamation reads:
WHEREAS, Maine and lobsters go together in the public mind across America and throughout the world; and
WHEREAS, Maine’s lobster industry is one of the State’s oldest industries and maintains its lead as a primary contributor to the Maine economy; and
WHEREAS, Maine’s lobster industry has long been a leader throughout the country in its efforts for long term conservation and commitment to the sustainability of Maine’s lobster fishery; and
WHEREAS, Maine lobster delights the palate with its freshness and flavor and promotes health with its high nutritional value; and
WHEREAS, Maine’s picturesque harbors capture a special quality as colorful lobster buoys bob along the coast, as sturdy lobster boats come and go, as the lobster harvesters work in the pristine, natural environment and haul their traps; and
WHEREAS, Maine’s lobster harvesters, as in early days, still brave the sea with the courage and determination that has made them models of independence and self reliance,
WHEREAS, Maine lobster harvesters often bring in more lobsters in August than any other month in the year,
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Paul R. LePage, Governor of the State of Maine, do hereby proclaim August 1st through August 31st as MAINE LOBSTER MONTH
More details on the Lobster Lover Celebration will be released in the next few weeks.
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