Maryland Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission

The Commission assists in: 1) Promoting increased consumption and distribution of Maryland seafood; and 2) Seeking effective methods to reduce cost and improve the quality and marketability of Maryland seafood.

A $20 surcharge fee is collected from commercial fishing and seafood processing licenses. The use of the $20 surcharge fund is overseen by the Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission and is used for marketing programs.

The Commission is comprised of 13 members: five represent the seafood packers; two represent licensed Maryland watermen; 1 represents the retail food industry; one represents the aquaculture industry; two represent consumers; one represents the Secretary of Natural Resources; and one represents the Secretary of Agriculture.

Vision statement: "A prosperous seafood industry that provides high quality seafood products commercially caught, grown, processed, or sold in the state of Maryland while maintaining sustainable resources and contributing to employment and economic development."

Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission Vacancies

Due to term expirations, there will be several vacancies on Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission (SMAC) as of January 1, 2016. The SMAC advises the Department on promotion and marketing of Maryland Seafood, including use of surcharge fee funds collected from commercial fishing and seafood processing licenses.

The SMAC consists of 13 members: the Secretary of Agriculture (or designee), the Secretary of Natural Resources (or designee), 5 members representing the seafood packing industry (at least 3 of whom are members of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association), 2 licensed Maryland watermen, 1 representative of the Maryland retail food industry, 1 representative of the Maryland aquaculture industry, and 2 consumer members.

SMAC Commissioners serve 4 year terms and are required to attend 4 quarterly meetings annually. Meetings are held from 4:00 - 6:00 pm at the Tawes State Office Building in Annapolis, Maryland. Commissioners are reimbursed for mileage and meal expenses.

For more information, including meeting agendas and Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission members, visit the SMAC webpage.

If you are interested in applying to serve on the SMAC, please send your resume and completed CV & Ethics form to Joy Wedge at The application deadline is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 4th, 2016.

The Department will review and make recommendations to the Governor's Appointments Office for consideration. Selection of new Commissioners will be completed by spring 2016.