Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission
Name of Board or Commission: Seafood Marketing Advisory Commission
Statutory Authority: Annotated Code of Maryland, Section 10-1001 and
10-1002 and “Subtitle 10, Seafood Marketing and Aquaculture Products Marketing
Vision and Mission: 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.
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 by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources from
commercial fishing and seafood processing licenses and is conveyed to the
Maryland Department of Agriculture for seafood marketing purposes. The use of
the $20 surcharge fund is overseen by the Seafood Marketing Advisory
Entity's members: 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.
Primary Contact for the Public:
Stone Slade, Director of Seafood Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maryland Department of Agriculture
50 Harry S. Truman Parkway
Annapolis, MD 21401.
Entity's Meeting Schedule: The commission has elected to meet three times each year, late fall, mid-winter, and early spring. Meeting dates will be announced.