There is a long history of conflict and complexity regarding the harvest and management of oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.  There is also a long standing concern over the precipitous decline in oyster populations over the last many decades.

Oysters are a “keystone” species, which act as the foundation of Chesapeake Bay habitat.  As a filter feeder, they also work to remove nutrients while feeding on algae, and help clean and clear the water.

CCA Maryland has a long standing interest in oysters, both in the management side and restoration, and is

In the last many years we have:

  • Supported the passage of  the Sustainable Oyster Fishery and Management Act of 2016 (SB 937) which required a study to establish a science based management plan, and the use of a sustainable harvest rate by MD DNR
  • Supported the passage of HB 924, Prohibiting the Department of Natural Resources from reducing or altering the boundaries of specified oyster sanctuaries until the Department develops a fisheries management plan for the scientific management of the oyster stock following completion of a specified study and reports required by SB 937
  • 2018 Advocacy Update

    Mar 12, 2018 | Posted in: Advocacy, News, Oysters, Water Quality

      March 12, 2018 David Sikorski, Executive Director. CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee has been hard at work in Annapolis this session opposing bad bills and supporting good ones.   It has been a busy year, with A LOT of legislation being introduced. You can CLICK HERE to search for bills, find out who your legislator is, or […]

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  • Opinion: Preserve MD’s Man O War Shoal

    Dec 19, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters

    Dr. Kenneth Lewis, a longtime CCA Maryland leader penned the following Op-Ed regarding the proposal to dredge Man O War Shoal.   Click here to view the full article in the Baltimore Sun.  

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  • Provide Input on the Dredging of Man O War Shoal

    Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Water Quality

      The public comment period on this issue ended Tuesday November, 21 2017.  To view CCA Maryland’s official comments on this issue CLICK HERE   In 2015, Maryland Department of Natural Resources(DNR) made the decision to further their longstanding application to the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACOE) and Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) for […]

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  • Advocacy Update 3/17

    Mar 17, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Striped Bass, Water Quality

    March 17th, 2016 By: David Sikorski, Executive Director With the session still in, CCA Maryland’s Government Relations Committee(GRC) is still working the halls of the legislature to ensure our messages of the importance of science based management and the long-term sustainability of our shared natural resources continues to be learned and understood by our elected […]

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  • Update on Man O War Shoal from 2/13 OAC meeting

    Feb 14, 2017 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Water Quality

    Photo credit: Bay Journal/Virginia Marine Resources Commission 2/14/2017 David Sikorski, Executive Director CCA Maryland An update on the status of the application to dredge Man O War shoal’s fossil shell was presented at the meeting of the Oyster Advisory Commission (OAC) on February 13, 2017. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources(DNR) reported that the timeline provided […]

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  • Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016 SB 937/HB 1603

    Apr 12, 2016 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters, Water Quality

    Last night, in the waning hours of the legislative session, the now named Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016(HB 1603/SB937) received strong bipartisan support and passed the General assembly. CCA MD’s Government Relations Committee(GRC) is very proud of this accomplishment A number of legislators and their staff should be commended on their efforts […]

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  • MDOT on oysters… is this the best use of taxpayer dollars?

    Jun 24, 2015 | Posted in: Advocacy, Oysters

    “The Chesapeake Bay is facing another decline in oyster populations after harvest levels spiked in recent years because of high natural reproduction.  Now is when true oyster restortation with long term and widely beneficial goals should be implemented.  Wouldn’t the public interest be better served if the money was routed through a fully vetted, peer […]

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