In the last decade, Maryland’s fishery has seen its population dwindle by 40% and the state is facing a crisis in fish numbers, as well as a looming food crisis.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) says that in 2016, fishery workers on both sides of the Chesapeake Bay were working overtime to harvest oysters and other sea creatures that were being harvested by illegal vessels, with a majority of the workers employed by the Cheshire Bay Fishery Association (CBCA).
In response, Maryland Gov.
Larry Hogan announced the creation of a fishery task force.
The task force was headed by the MDNR and chaired by Commissioner Dan McGovern.
It was tasked with identifying and addressing the state’s “food crisis”, including the threat of an impending food shortage due to a severe drought.
The task force has since been tasked with developing a plan to address the state of fishery and the environment.
But some experts, including Dr. Richard Saffron, an ecologist and former chair of the National Academy of Sciences, say the Maryland task force is not the answer.
In a report released last week, Saffroons said the MDNS was not the best solution to the food crisis, which is the result of climate change.
“The problem is not a lack of resources but a lack in communication and coordination of federal, state, and local agencies,” Saffrons said.
“It’s a lack there of resources and coordination among state, local, and federal agencies.”
The Maryland State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (MDSACS) is also currently involved in the fishery.
It has also appointed two additional scientists and will soon begin drafting a report on the impacts of climate on the state.
“We have a very high degree of confidence that the impacts are significant, and we know they are serious,” said MDSACs assistant secretary for the science division, Amy Bouchard.
“We know there are severe impacts to the water quality, the ecosystem, the fish, and the sea life, and those impacts are going to be very hard to solve.”
Maryland is also struggling with a number of other challenges in its economy.
The unemployment rate is currently at 9.5%, which is a record high.
This has led to an increase in the number of people on food stamps, which have caused many people to become reliant on their welfare checks.
“I’m a fisher in a state that is experiencing a food crisis,” said Mary-Margaret Smith, an Anne Arundel County resident who works for a food pantry in Anne Ameddeen.
“I know what I have to do and I can’t help it.
It’s a lot harder than I thought.”