Working for You

Testimony before the Maryland General Assembly

 

The Delmarva Fisheries Association takes its role as an advocate from the commercial fishery very seriously, submitting written testimony in support or opposition of legislation pending before the General Assembly as well as traveling frequently to Annapolis to provide oral testimony. Using the links below, you are welcome to review our work on your behalf.

2020 Legislative Session:

HB 856 / SB 689
Delegates Boyce, Bridges, Conaway, McIntosh and Stewart
UNLAWFUL TAKING OF OYSTERS FROM SUBMERGED LAND LEASES AND
WATER COLUMN LEASES – PENALTIES
Establishing a minimum fine of $2,000 and maximum fine of $3,000 for unlawfully taking
oysters from a submerged land lease or water column lease under certain circumstances;
requiring a person who unlawfully takes oysters from a submerged land lease or water column lease to complete a certain class at the person’s expense; providing that a person who commits a certain second or subsequent offense is guilty of the crime of theft and subject to certain criminal penalties; etc.
Effective Date: July 1, 2020
NR, § 4-1201 – amended
Committee: Environment and Transportation
Bill Hearing: Wednesday, 2/26 at 1:00 pm (view committee hearing here)
Fiscal and Policy Note – view here
Position: OPPOSE (refer to new apolitical OAC)
Legislation proposed per Aquaculture Coordinating Council (Oyster Theft Workgroup)

HB 517 [withdrawn by sponsor]
Delegate Stewart, et al
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – ENVIRONMENTAL RIGHTS
Proposing an amendment to the Maryland Constitution to establish that every person has the right to a certain clean and healthy environment; establishing that every person has the right to intervene in an action brought by the State or a political subdivision of the State to protect certain rights; prohibiting the State or a political subdivision of the State from causing diminution of or degradation to the State’s natural resources; submitting the amendment to the qualified voters of the State for their adoption or rejection; etc.
CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT – CONTINGENT
Maryland Constitution, Declaration of Rights, Art. 48 – added
Committee: Environment and Transportation
Bill Hearing: Wednesday, 2/19 at 1:00 pm (view committee hearing here)
Position: No Position
WITHDRAWN by sponsor

HB 210 / SB 342 [withdrawn by sponsor]
Senator Crosby
AQUACULTURE – LEASES IN WATER COLUMN – RIPARIAN RIGHT OF FIRST REFUSAL
Establishing that a riparian property owner or lessee shall have the right of first refusal to apply for and, if approved, obtain a water column lease, or an aquaculture lease for use in the water column in an Aquaculture Enterprise Zone, applicable to a certain area that fronts the riparian property, subject to certain standards and requirements; requiring a person other than the riparian owner who applies for a certain lease in an area subject to a right of first refusal to provide a certain notice of the lease application; etc.
Effective Date: June 1, 2020
NR, §§ 4-11A-05 and 4-11A-08 – amended
Committee: Environment and Transportation
Bill Hearing: Wednesday, 2/12 at 1:00 pm [Hearing Cancelled]
Position: OPPOSE (refer to new apolitical OAC)

HB 95 / SB 162
Delegates Howard, Bagnall, Bartlett, Cain, Carey, Chang, Chisholm, Henson, Malone, Rogers
and Saab
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY – NATURAL RESOURCES – FISHING WITH A HAUL SEINE
Repealing certain provisions of law that restrict the length of a haul seine that a person may use in certain waters of Anne Arundel County; and authorizing a person to use a haul seine to fish in the waters of Anne Arundel County except under certain circumstances.
Effective Date: October 1, 2020 NR, § 4-714 – amended
Committee: Environment and Transportation
Bill Hearing: Wednesday, 2/19 at 1:00 pm
Position: No Position

2019 Legislative Session:

House Bill 1, House Bill 40 & Senate Bill 145 – Prohibition on Dredging Man O’War Shoals
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral Testimony for House here and Senate here.

House Bill 298 and Senate Bill 448 – Tributary-Scale Sanctuaries
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral Testimony for House here and Senate here.

House 348 and Senate Bill 362 – Shell First
– DFA Written Testimony for House here and Senate here.
– Oral testimony for the Senate here.

House Bill 720 and Senate Bill 830 – Oyster FMP
– DFA Written Testimony for Senate here.
– Oral testimony for House here and Senate here.

Senate Bill 683 – Oyster Harvest Impact
– DFA Written Testimony for Senate here.
– Oral testimony here.

House Bill 921 – Conowingo WQC
– DFA Written testimony for House here.

Other Bills of Interest can be viewed here.

Correspondence of Note

DFA Chairman Opposes HB 1455 re: Man O’War Shoals, 7 Mach 2018

DFA Requests that DNR Extends Oyster Season, 5 March 2018

Message from MSRC to Members re: Seafood and Aquaculture Economic Impacts, 12 October 2017

Governor Hogan’s Letter to USDA re: Blue Catfish, 8 August 2017

DFA’s Letter to USDA re: Bule Catfish, 26 July 2017

Congressman Andy Harris Writes to NOAA re: Atlantic Sturgeon DPS, 6 June 2017

DFA Writes to DNR Secretary Belton re: Man O’War Shoals, 9 May 2017

DFA Writes to DNR Concerning Conowingo Sediment Plume, 13 April 2017
– DNR’s Response to DFA

DFA Joins CCC in Commenting on Strawman Oyster Management Plan, 13 March 2017

Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian Writes to the Oyster Advisory Commission, 9 February 2017

Kent County Commissioner Ron Fithian Writes to DNR re: New Oyster Sanctuaries, 29 September 2016

DFA Submits Accident Reports from Harris Creek, 18 February 2016

Cease and Desist Letter re: False Comments, 19 January 2016

DFA’s Letter to the ASMFC re: Menhaden, 2 December 2015

DFA’s Outreach to DNR, 24 November 2015

DFA Thanks DNR Secretary for Support, 6 November 2015

DFA Requests Support re: Harvest Reserve Areas, 29 October 2015