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S.Res. 293: A resolution designating September 25, 2019, as “National Lobster Day”.


The text of the resolution below is as of Jul 30, 2019 (Resolution Agreed to by Senate).


III

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. RES. 293

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 30, 2019

(for himself, Ms. Collins, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Murphy, Ms. Hassan, Mr. Reed, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Markey, and Mrs. Shaheen) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION

Designating September 25, 2019, as National Lobster Day.

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 lobster is consistently being incorporated into trending recipes such as deviled eggs and burgers;

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 emoji set in 2018 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 lobsters are inspiring children’s books and characters in television shows in the United States;

Whereas lobsters have inspired artists in the United States and throughout the world for hundreds of years;

Whereas lobsters have been, and continue to be, used as mascots for sports teams; and

Whereas lobster inspires festivals from Maine to California, where people come together to celebrate their love for the crustacean: Now, therefore, be it

That the Senate—

(1)

designates September 25, 2019, as National Lobster Day; and

(2)

encourages the people of the United States to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.