The Commercial Striped Bass Industry Advisory Work Group (SBWG) has been revised in order to address industry concerns regarding member participation and gear/area specific representation on the previous SBWG. The revised-SBWG is being re-convened to serve as an advisory body to the Department on matters concerning the striped bass commercial fishing industry. Specifically, the Department is seeking coordinated industry input on the management of this fishery in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the fishery's participants. All advice offered to the Department via the SBWG will be vetted through the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission. Should the Department choose to move forward with advice involving regulation, the Department will adhere to the established public process for initiating regulatory change. This includes public scoping of the regulatory idea, obtaining input from both the Tidal and Sport Fisheries Advisory Commissions, and a public comment opportunity during the regulatory process.
The membership of the SBWG is representative of the diverse regions and interests within the commercial striped bass fishery. The membership represents six regions of the Maryland portion of Chesapeake Bay: 1) Upper Western Shore, 2) Middle Western Shore, 3) Lower Western Shore, 4) Upper Eastern Shore, 5) Middle Eastern Shore, and 6) Lower Eastern Shore / Coastal Bays. Each of these regions has one member assigned to each of three seats based on gear type: Hook and Line, Gill Net and Pound Net. There are three additional seats in the Lower Eastern Shore region: One of these seats is designated for the River Gill Netters and the other two are held by industry representatives on the Atlantic Coast / Coastal Bays. In addition, the president of the Maryland Watermen's Association, the president of the Chesapeake Bay Commercial Fishermen's Association, and the Chair of the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission are included as members by virtue of their roles as Industry leaders. Nominations for each seat were provided to the Department by these industry leaders.
The Natural Resources violation history of each nominee was reviewed by the Department. Any current member of the SBWG who accumulates 10 or more points during any two year period will be removed from the Committee. In selecting new or replacement committee members, an individual who has acquired 10 or more points within the most recent two years will not be eligible. The Department may also take into account other factors when determining eligibility, which include, but are not limited to excessive reporting violations, revocation of fishing permits, and probation before judgment dispositions for tier II and III offenses. Eligible nominees are appointed to the committee by the Director of Fisheries Service.
Consistent with the Tidal Fisheries Advisory Commission, members are appointed to a two year term. The Department will request that industry leadership conduct a comprehensive review of the membership every two years. An individual may serve more than one term.
A quorum is a simple majority of appointed Members.
Work Group members may make a motion.
The Maryland DNR Fisheries Service shall designate a staff person(s) to support the SBWG. The assigned staff person(s) shall have the following roles:
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