Maryland’s seafood industry is in crisis

WORKFORCE | For the past twenty-five years, Maryland’s crab houses have relied on a workforce of immigrants using the H-2B visa program for the state’s seafood industry. Due to a recent change in the way the visas are awarded, almost half of Eastern Shore’s crab houses have no workers this year. (WaPo, 5/3)

Visa shortages have been a perennial issue for the crab industry since the last generations of Eastern Shore women who once picked crabmeat aged out of the tedious seasonal work. In the 1980s, crab houses started bringing workers from Mexico through a program that lets them live and work in the United States during the warmer months and then return to Mexico in the winter, when watermen are prohibited from crabbing.

“Our families depend on us, and going to the United States is the best option because here in Mexico it is very difficult to find a job, and apart from that, you face the risk of so much crime,” Anayeni Chavarria Ponce, a crab picker from the Mexican state of Hidalgo, said via text message in Spanish. “Not to mention you can’t reach a salary even to buy the basics.”

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