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Welcome!

THANK YOU TO ALL WHO CAME TO SHELLS & BELLS 2018!

We are looking forward to the upcoming new year and all we will accomplish.

Some of our accomplishments of the 2018 Legislative Session include:

● Working with legislators to carve out a $150,000.00 whistleblower fund to be used to catch the lawbreakers who are stealing from our oyster sanctuaries. Several years ago, BaySavers funded a $10.000.00 reward which resulted in catching the largest seafood theft ring ever working the Chesapeake Bay! Our work this session builds on our prior great success in this area.

● Saving the oyster aquaculture industry in Maryland! House Bill 1426 - Aquaculture Leases and Public Shellfish Fishery Areas - was introduced to prohibit aquaculture within 1,000 feet of Yates Bar. Yates Bar has been a historical public fishery since the early 1900’s. If this bill had passed as introduced, it would have shut down the aquaculture industry in Maryland.

● Increasing the Oyster Shell Recycling Credit from $750 to $1,500. In 2010, BaySavers lobbied legislation to implement a credit to entice restaurants to recycle their oyster shells to be used for restoration efforts. After 8 years, we were able to increase the allowable amount claimed to $1,500 with the passing of HB 572 – Income Tax – Oyster Shell Recycling Credit – Maximum Allowable Amount and Sunset Extension. This program will be in effect until 2021, when we will fight to increase it again!