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​Maryland Public Fishery Commercial Oyster Landings 
based on Seafood Dealer Buy Tickets​ since 2000


Maryland commercial oyster landing information has been collected since 1870 and is available upon request

 

​​Dockside Values

Estimated dockside values of Maryland public fishery commercial oyster landings (number of bushels landed multiplied by the average price per bushel as reported on seafood dealer buy tickets)
 

Oyster Surcharges

The number of oyster surcharges purchased by commercial licensed harvesters in Maryland. An oyster surcharge must be purchased to commercial harvest oysters. Funds from surcharges are used to replenish public oyster bars by planting seed and substrate.  
 
NOTE: Some individuals may purchase an oyster surcharge but choose not to harvest in a given season.
 

​Current Season Summary

With reported harvests of 136,954 bushels during the 2018-19 season, commercial oyster landings were 25% lower than the previous harvest season, continuing a declining trend over the last five years. The main cause of this decline has been low spatsets in recent years. The Annual Fall Oyster Dredge Survey SpatfallIntensity Index, a measure of recruitment success and potential increase of the population, was 15 spat per bushel in 2018, a decline of 36% from the previous year. 2010 and 2012 had strong spatsets, which boosted the population and increased commercial harvest. However, the poorer spatsets over the past six years have had implications for population abundance, contributing to the decline of harvest.