Maryland’s oysters are in trouble. While restoration efforts are working, a recent oyster stock assessment found that Maryland’s oyster population has declined by more than half from around 600 million market size oysters in 1999 to less than 300 million in early 2018. These results mean one thing—our current system of oyster fishery management is not working.
Recently, Maryland's General Assembly passed legislation with strong bipartisan support that would take a major step forward in restoring Maryland's oysters, by creating an oyster fishery management plan. This plan would use a scientific model to provide stakeholders with an objective analysis of the impacts of management actions that they propose and implement a facilitated, consensus-based process to provide recommendations to resource managers.
But the legislation still needs Governor Hogan's signature. It's time for Maryland to forge a path forward toward a restored Bay, healthy habitat, and vibrant fisheries.
Use the form below to tell Governor Hogan how valuable oysters are to our environment, economy, and way of life. Urge him to move oyster restoration efforts forward and support HB720/SB830.
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