It’s September 25, and you know what that means.
Oh, you don’t? Why, it’s National Lobster Day!
If you’re surprised to learn that this crafty crustacean has its own national day, you’re not alone. As a matter of fact, you may be even more surprised when you find out who created it.
If you guessed a lobsterman or an ocean conservationist you’d be incorrect. In fact, it was during the 2017 summer session of the U.S. Senate when the lobster legislation allegedly clawed its way to the top of the Senate agenda. So while you thought our legislators were in embroiled in closed door, rolled sleeve, heated debates over access to healthcare and bathrooms, in reality they were bibbed up and cracking claws over a succulent lobster dinner.
I’m kidding, of course. But not about the proclamation – in fact, two Rhode Island senators and seven of their New England colleagues sponsored the idea of a National Day for lobsters to recognize the historic and economic importance of the lobster industry to coastal states and to pay tribute to an industry that supports thousands of New England families. Nearly 150 million pounds of lobster are caught each year in U.S waters with an annual value of more than $500 million, which explains why you can expect to spend the equivalent of a semester at community college for a night out.
The resolution includes some important information about lobsters and how important the industry is to New England, and concludes with a call to action encouraging Americans to “observe the day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.”
So exactly what ceremonies and activities would be appropriate in marking this day? Here are some ideas:
1. Learn about Lobsters
It is believed that in addition to turkey, lobster was also served at the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. In the 1600s, responsible lobster practices were put in place, making this industry one of the first to engage in conservation efforts in the United States and thereby creating one of the most sustainable fisheries in the world. Throughout history, United States Presidents have served lobster at their inaugural celebrations and state dinners with international leaders. Lobster is a source of lean protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, is low in saturated fat and high in vitamin B12. Lobsters can grow up to four feet long and weigh as much as 40 pounds and have teeth in their stomachs. It’s a myth that lobsters scream when you put them in hot water – they have no lungs and no vocal cords. It is believed that lobsters can live as long as 100 years.
So there you have it, now you know a lot about lobsters.
2. Eat a Lobster
Many people love lobster, but few know how to prepare it at home. Follow this link to learn How To Cook, Crack and Eat a Lobster.
3. Prepare a Lobster dish
In addition to being eaten straight up, lobster can be prepared in dishes and is quite delicious. Here are some of our favorite lobster dish recipes:
4. Go to a Seafood Fest
The coastal towns of South Jersey have many seafood festivals in late summer and fall. Follow this link to see when Seafood Festivals are being held this fall.
5. Adopt a Lobster
That’s right – you can adopt a lobster of your very own. Follow this link to find out how!
We hope you enjoy National Lobster Day. Grab a bib and get cracking!