Lack of Seasonal Worker Visas Straps Chesapeake Seafood Industry

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H2B visa workers and American workers clean up at Bevans Oyster Company after dozens of seasonal workers finished their early morning oyster shucking shift. (Credit: Pamela D’Angelo)

The Chesapeake Bay’s crab, oyster and bait industry has been losing its American workforce since the late 1980s, as the old hands retire and younger workers seek better paying jobs. Pamela D’Angelo reports.

Chesapeake: A Journalism Collaborative is funded with grant support from the Clayton Baker Trust, The Bancroft Foundation, Michael and Ann Hankin, The Jim and Patty Rouse Foundation, The Rob and Elizabeth Tyler Foundation, and the Mid-Shore Community Foundation.

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