Satur­days to be ‘Buy Mary­land Seafood Day’

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Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan has pro­claimed Satur­days in the month of Septem­ber as “Buy Mary­land Seafood Days,” en­cour­ag­ing all Mary­lan­ders to sup­port the state’s iconic seafood in­dustr y.

“The Ch­e­sa­peake Bay and its trib­u­taries pro­vide some of the world’s best and most boun­ti­ful seafood, in­clud­ing blue crabs, rock­fish, oys­ters and blue cat­fish,” Ho­gan said.

“Sup­port­ing Mary­land’s sus­tain­able seafood in­dus­try and re­lated busi­nesses by pur­chas­ing their prod­ucts through­out the year is im­por­tant to Mary­land’s eco­nomic re­cov­ery.”

Mary­land wa­ter­men and seafood dis­trib­u­tors, pro­ces­sors and sup­pli­ers are es­sen­tial to the state’s food sup­ply chain, and have con­tin­ued op­er­at­ing through­out the COVID-19 pandemic re­sponse.

The state’s seafood and aqua­cul­ture in­dus­try has an eco­nomic im­pact of $355 mil­lion and sup­ports more than 3,000 jobs across the state ac­cord­ing to a 2018 study from the Mary­land Agri­cul­tural and Re­sourceBase­d In­dus­try De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion.

“Seafood is an im­por­tant part of our state’s cul­ture and crit­i­cal to our ru­ral economies,” said Agri­cul­ture Sec­re­tary Barten­felder.

“Now more than ever, it is im­por­tant that we con­tinue to sup­port these ded­i­cated men and women who have worked hard through­out the state of emer­gency to con­tinue pro­vid­ing the fresh, de­li­cious seafood Mar yland is known for.”

“Iconic seafood like crabs, oys­ters, and rock­fish are as­so­ci­ated with Mary­land in lo­cal, national, and even in­ter­na­tional mar­kets,” said Nat­u­ral Re­sources Sec­re­tary Had­daway-Riccio.

“We are very proud of our work with the seafood in­dus­try and other stake­hold­ers to sus­tain­ably man­age these fish­eries so pop­u­la­tions re­main healthy well into the fu­ture. We are also work­ing hard to ex­pand Mary­land’s menu of op­tions and pro­tect na­tive species by en­cour­ag­ing con­sump­tion of in­va­sive species.”

As de­mand has shifted to­ward di­rect-sales dur­ing the state of emer­gency, Mary­land’s Best Seafood— a mar­ket­ing pro­gram within the Mary­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture—has cre­ated an in­ter­ac­tive GIS map ap­pli­ca­tion that helps con­sumers find lo­cal pro­duc­ers.

In ad­di­tion to “Buy Mary­land Seafood Days,” the pro­gram will con­tinue its ad­ver­tis­ing and out­reach ef­forts aimed at pro­mot­ing the seafood in­dus­try and con­nect­ing pro­duc­ers di­rectly to con­sumers. In 2019, the pro­gram’s ad­ver­tis­ing cam­paigns reached 14 mil­lion con­sumers and whole­sale buy­ers.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Mary­land seafood, in­clud­ing recipes to try at home, please visit seafood.mary­land.gov and fol­low @MDsBestSea­food on Twit­ter. Mary­land’s Of­fice of Tourism also main­tains a list of seafood restau­rants on its Seafood Trail.

On the bay, Es­sex and Dun­dalk have a unique cul­ture all their own where crab houses and restau­rants com­bine rol­lick­ing night life and en­ter­tain­ment with de­lec­ta­ble seafood. Check out Sue Is­land Dock Bar or the River­watch in Es­sex and the Hard Yacht Café, a dock bar in Dun­dalk, or Costas Inn.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF THE SUE IS­LAND GRILL

Sue Is­land Grill crabs. The Sue Is­land Grill is one of the seafood restau­rants fea­tured in the state’s seafood trail!

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