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The 2019 Legislative Session: In 2011 and 2012, Maryland was rocked by news of a striped bass poaching ring on a scale the state had never seen. It’s estimated the total value of the theft was over $500,000. Catching the watermen responsible for this act was difficult as the waterman’s community is very close. The only way to penetrate the inner circle of this community was to offer rewards for information. The Chesapeake BaySavers pledged $10,000 to the Natural Resources Police for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible. In 2013, four men were indicted, pleaded guilty and sentenced to lengthy prison terms. The Natural Resources Police paid one individual nearly $25,000 for the information leading to the arrests in the striped bass poaching ring, of which the BaySavers were responsible for nearly half the reward. This situation, and many others like it, is at the root of the Whistleblower Fund the BaySavers is pursuing in 2019. The Natural Resources Police needs the financial resources that will help its force bring violators of natural resources law to justice and our legislation will be the vehicle to this change. “Adding up the cumulative annual losses over the last three decades shows that the decline of oysters has meant a loss of more than $4 billion for the economies of Maryland and Virginia”. —NOAA

  • BaySavers are key advocates for legislation establishing a science-based fishery management plan for oysters, and legislation that protects the five tributaries designated for oyster restoration sanctuaries into perpetuity.
  • BaySavers are actively working to defeat legislation that will curtail oyster restoration and limit the growth of the commercial oyster aquaculture industry.