Katherine A. Klausmeier, Chair (chosen by Secretary of Agriculture)

Staff: Noreen L. Eberly

c/o Aquaculture Development & Seafood Marketing
Dept. of Agriculture
Wayne A. Cawley, Jr., Building, 50 Harry S Truman Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401 - 8960
(410) 841-5724
e-mail: eberlynl@mda.state.md.us

Organizational Structure

Formed in June 2002 , the Task Force to Study the Economic Development of the Maryland Seafood and Aquaculture Industries, consisted of three work groups: the Executive Committee, the Aquaculture Industry Work Group, and the Seafood Industry Work Group (Chapter 535, Acts of 2002).

The Aquaculture Industry Work Group assessed the status and potential of the Maryland aquaculture industry, including requirements for its enhancement. Aquaculture crops in Maryland include hybrid striped bass, catfish, crawfish, tilapia, trout, oysters, and soft-shell crabs. To strengthen the aquaculture industry, mechanisms for better coordinating agencies of the University of Maryland were developed by the Work Group. Innovative methods to target commercial production and restore critical aquaculture species also were studied by the Work Group. In addition, the Work Group reviewed how other states develop aquaculture.

The Seafood Industry Work Group studied innovative techniques for seafood processing. Besides blue crabs, Maryland's important commercial species include striped bass, bluefish, catfish, croaker, flounder, perch, spot, sea trout, oysters, and soft clams. The Work Group examined whether existing marketing techniques for these species are being fully used by the seafood industry. It also reviewed methods that other states have implemented to develop their seafood industries, and devised ways of expanding the local and national markets for Maryland seafood.

Reports of the two Work Groups were reviewed by the Executive Committee of the Task Force which integrated their findings and recommendations into the Task Force final report.

On November 10, 2004, the Task Force submitted its report to the Governor; the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee; the House Economic Matters Committee; and the House Environmental Matters Committee.


Katherine A. Klausmeier, Chair (chosen by Secretary of Agriculture)
Howard (Chip) Crum, Chair, Aquaculture Industry Work Group (chosen by Task Force Chair)
William Woodfield, Chair, Seafood Industry Work Group (chosen by Task Force Chair)

Appointed by Chair, Seafood Industry Work Group: Roy P. Dyson; Jay Newcomb; Thomas E. Rippen.

Appointed by Chair, Aquaculture Industry Work Group: John C. Astle; Andrew M. Lazur, Ph.D.; Robert Parkinson.

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