The Commercial Striped Bass Industry Advisory Work Group (SBWG) has been revised in order to address industry concerns regarding member participation and gear/area specific representation on the previous SBWG. The revised-SBWG is being re-convened to serve as an advisory body to the department on matters concerning the striped bass commercial fishing industry. Specifically, the department is seeking coordinated industry input on the management of this fishery in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the fishery's participants. All advice offered to the department via the SBWG will be vetted through the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission. Should the department choose to move forward with advice involving regulation, the department will adhere to the established public process for initiating regulatory change. This includes public scoping of the regulatory idea, obtaining input from both the Tidal and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commissions, and a public comment opportunity during the regulatory process.
The membership of the Striped Bass Work Group is representative
of the diverse regions and interests within the commercial striped bass
fishery. The membership consists of three representatives (each region has one
proxy representative) representing five regions of the Maryland portion of
Chesapeake Bay. The five regions are as follows: 1) Lower Western Shore
(Calvert, Charles, Prince Georges, St. Mary’s), 2) Middle Western Shore (Anne
Arundel, Baltimore, Baltimore City), 3) Upper Chesapeake Bay (Cecil, Kent,
Harford), 4) Middle Eastern Shore (Caroline, Talbot, Queen Anne), and 5) Lower
Eastern Shore / Coastal Bays (Dorchester, Somerset, Wicomico, Worcester). In
addition to regional representatives, the president of the Maryland Watermen's
Association, the president of the Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen's
Association, and the Chair of the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission are
included as members by virtue of their roles as industry leaders. These
industry leaders provide nominations to the department for each regional
representative seat on the Striped Bass Work Group.
The Natural Resources violation history of each nominee was reviewed by
the department. Any current member of the SBWG who accumulates 10 or more
points during any two year period will be removed from the Committee. In
selecting new or replacement committee members, an individual who has acquired
10 or more points within the most recent two years will not be eligible. The
department may also take into account other factors when determining
eligibility, which include, but are not limited to excessive reporting
violations, revocation of fishing permits, and probation before judgment
dispositions for tier II and III offenses. Eligible nominees are appointed to
the committee by the Director of Fishing and Boating Services.
Consistent with the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission, members are appointed to a two year term. The department will request that industry leadership conduct a comprehensive review of the membership every two years. An individual may serve more than one term.
A quorum is a simple majority of members. For the Striped Bass Work Group to vote on discussed issues 10 members must be present.
Work Group members may make a motion.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services shall designate a staff person(s) to support the SBWG. The assigned staff person(s) shall have the following roles:
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