The Spiny Dogfish Industry Work Group (SDWG) has been convened in order to address industry concerns regarding the commercial spiny dogfish fishery framework. The SDWG is being convened to serve as an advisory body to the Department on matters concerning the dogfish 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. 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 SDWG should be representative of the diverse interests within the commercial fishery. Nominations for each seat will be provided to the Department by these industry leaders.
The Natural Resources violation history of each nominee will reviewed by the Department. Any current member of the SDWG 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 Fisheries Service.
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 appointed Members.
The SDWG is asked to consider each suggested ground rule in an effort to facilitate group discussions:
Work Group members may make a motion.
The Maryland DNR Fisheries Service shall designate a staff person(s) to support the SDWG. The assigned staff person(s) shall have the following roles:
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