Oyster Advisory Commission

Through Natural Resources Articles 1-102, 1-105, and 4-204, Annotated Code of Maryland, the Oyster Advisory Commission has the duty of advising the Department on matters related to oysters in the Maryland's portion of the Chesapeake and Coastal Bays, and strategies for rebuilding and managing the oyster population in these areas under the Chesapeake Bay Oyster Management Plan. 

The Commission's Role

As outlined in HB 133, the OAC is charged with:

  • providing DNR with advice on matters related to oysters;
  • reviewing the best possible science and recommending changes to the framework and strategies for rebuilding and managing the oyster population in the Chesapeake Bay;
  • reviewing the latest findings relevant to the Environmental Impact Statement evaluating oyster restoration alternatives; and
  • reviewing any other scientific, economic, or cultural information relevant to oysters in the Chesapeake Bay.
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