MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES
The Department of Natural Resources will be holding elections for the county hand tong and power dredge committees in accordance with Natural Resources Article §4-1106(b), Annotated Code of Maryland and COMAR 08.02.04.07.
Unlimited Tidal Fish (TFL) license and Oyster Harvester (OYH) license holders in each tidewater county will have the opportunity to vote for 5 licensed hand tongers and 5 licensed power dredgers to represent them on their county committee. Patent tong and diver representatives will be appointed by the Department after elections take place.
If you have purchased an oyster surcharge and harvest predominantly by hand tong or power dredge, you may be eligible to be nominated as a member. If you would like to have your name appear on the ballot, you must notify the Department no later than June 7, 2010 by calling Frank Marenghi at 410-260-8302 to verify eligibility.
The elections will be by secret written ballot cast in person at the designated election sites below at the date and time listed.
Baltimore & Anne Arundel Counties: June 14th, 2010, 6 – 9 pm, Tawes Building, Dept. of Natural Resources, C-1 Conference Room, Annapolis; Calvert, St. Mary’s, & Charles Counties: June 15th, 2010, 6 – 9 pm, Southern Community Center, Lusby; Kent & Queen Anne Counties: June 16th, 2010, 6 – 9 pm, Queen Anne Co. Library, Centreville; Talbot County: June 21st, 2010, 6 – 9 pm, Talbot Co., Parks and Rec. Building, Chesapeake Room, Easton; Somerset, Wicomico, & Worcester Counties: June 22nd, 2010, 5:30 – 8:30 pm, Wicomico Co. Free Library, Salisbury; Dorchester County: June 24th, 6 – 9 pm, Dorchester Co. Library, Cambridge.
Please contact Frank Marenghi at 410-260-8302 or Katie Busch at 410-260-8342 at DNR’s Shellfish Program if you have questions.
John R. Griffin
Maryland Department of Natural Resources