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
As a requirement of the Sustainable Oyster Population and Fishery Act of 2016, Maryland DNR requested input from members of the Sport Fisheries Advisory Commission(SFAC) on management tools to include in the new fisheries management plan. CCA’s Executive Director sent the following letter to DNR requesting a new consensus building effort to build the future … Read more
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 … Read more
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.
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
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 … Read more
“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 … Read more