Maryland Watermen's Association

About Us

Founded in 1973, the Maryland Watermen’s Association is a non-profit organization the represents the interest of commercial fishermen, seafood processors, wholesalers and ancillary businesses in the seafood industry throughout the state of Maryland. 

For over 40 years, MWA has worked tirelessly to ensure a future for independent watermen and seafood businesses throughout the state of Maryland. Since our inception, we have worked with local and state legislatures and departments to ensure that regulations and laws are not only fair to our industry, but would help ensure the future of our state’s many fisheries and limit negative effects to the environment. We also work with industry-led groups to help improve the health of Maryland’s waterways, which includes the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay in its watershed.