Call to Action
Help STOP the State’s destructive strip mining of important habitat. Dredging buried oyster shell on or near prime fishing grounds is an unwise and irresponsible use of our public marine resources that cannot be undone.
This bill was not advanced past the House Environment and Transportation Committee before the deadline and will not advance to become law.
CCA Maryland OPPOSES the dredging of buried shell and OPPOSES House Bill 593.
Belvedere Shoal, Tea Kettle, Seven Foot knoll, Gales Lumps, Flat Rock, Nine Foot Knoll.
These popular fishing spots are some of the twenty-seven spots that will be threatened by the highly destructive practice of buried shell dredging if House Bill 593 is passed. (See full map below)
This bill proposes that Maryland DNR apply for permits to dredge buried oyster shells from the areas on the map to be moved elsewhere as directed by the oyster industry and the Oyster Recovery Partnership Board of Directors.
To view the full bill information and find links to each sponsors biography and information click here
This bill was introduced by Delegates Jacobs, Adams, Arentz, Boteler, Buckel, Cox, Ghrist, Griffith, Hartman, Hornberger, Howard, Mautz, McComas, McKay, Otto, Reilly, Rose and Wivell.
Do you live in their districts? Each name above is linked to the delegates email so you can provide your comments directly to those elected to represent you.
You can view a map of the state to find your district – or – search for your delegates and senators click here.
To learn more about the history of buried shell dredging, visit savemanowar.org
Click Here for Full HB 593 bill details
Click here to view CCA Maryland written testimony on House Bill 593
The Environment & Transportation Committee will hold a VIRTUAL hearing on this bill on February 16th @ 1pm. Click here for a google calendar link