Maryland’s Crab Processing Industry, Already Struggling, Faces New Threat

Around half of Maryland’s crab processing plants will close permanently if President Donald Trump’s new executive order freezing work visas through 2020 is maintained next year, according to an industry leader.

Coronavirus Pandemic Leaves Maryland’s Crab Season in Uncharted Waters

“It’s not looking very good,” Maryland Watermen’s Association President Robert T. Brown said Monday.

Maryland’s Crab Industry Again Faces Massive Shortage of Foreign Workers Unless Trump Raises Visa Limits

Maryland’s seafood industry is facing a massive shortage of laborers to pick and process crab meat for the second time in three years, and is pleading with the Trump administration to increase a limit on foreign guest workers.

Governor Hogan Applauds Release of H-2B Visas to Help Maryland’s Crab Industry

Governor Larry Hogan praised the decision by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to release an additional 30,000 visas through the H-2B Nonimmigrant Temporary Worker Program. H-2B workers are critical for Maryland’s seasonal blue crab industry and sweet corn processors.