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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 270,011 bushels during the 2019-20, commercial oyster landings were 46% higher than the previous harvest season, reversing a declining trend over the last six years. The main cause of this increase was the good growth of undersized oysters up to market size after salinities returned to average from the freshet. Due to poor spat sets, which can affect future harvest, it is unlikely the trend of increasing harvest will continue to this degree.​