Crabs are a summer tradition for many Maryland families, but prices may be up this year, depending on whether the state’s seafood businesses win a federal lottery for visas for foreign workers. That visa system, local restaurant owners say, “needs an update.” Jack Brooks, co-owner of the J.M. Clayton Co., is a veteran of the Maryland seafood industry. His family has been in the business since his great-grandfather started the Cambridge-based company in 1890. Staffing shortages because of a national visa system for international workers, which Brooks calls “broken,” are putting the bay’s businesses in jeopardy, seafood industry members say.
Maryland’s seafood industry needs more visas for foreign workers. Will Congress help?
June 7, 2022