Outreach & Extension: Fisheries & Seafood Business
Contact: Doug Lipton
Marine businesses are at a pivotal time in their history. Despite increased per capita consumption of seafood in the U.S., many Maryland companies have closed and others are enduring an extended period of low profitability due to multiple economic pressures, including increased global competition, reduced availability of raw materials, and higher costs associated with operations and regulatory compliance.
Maryland Sea Grant supports research and outreach focused on the relationship between economics, marine trades and the environment. Sea Grant Extension faculty work with resource management agencies throughout the east coast in developing techniques to enhance public fisheries and play significant roles in providing economic and policy assistance.
In the policy arena, Maryland Sea Grant Extension has worked with agencies and organizations throughout the Bay to ensure the delivery of research-based knowledge to decision-makers. One example is a report developed from an annual Sea Grant survey administered to Maryland crabmeat processors that provided data on the economic impact of the H2-B seasonal visa program. Given to Senator Barbara Mikulski (via the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association), this report influenced the ultimate passage of the “Save Our Small Businesses Act” in 2005, which saved a minimum of $10 million per year in revenues for crabmeat processors and preserved an estimated 925 domestic jobs in Maryland.
Listed below are several resources on Fisheries & Seafood Business developed by the Maryland Sea Grant Extension Program.