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Maryland Manual, 1961-62
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22 West First Street
Mount Vernon, N. Y. Telephone: Mount Vernon 8-1414

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is an outgrowth
of the "Eastern Conservation Conference" begun in 1937. Seven states,
including Maryland, drew up and ratified a compact in 1941. Maryland
ratified by Chapter 435, Acts of 1941. This compact, assented to by
the United States Congress and signed by the President in 1942, is
the legal basis of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission,
which today has a membership of fifteen Atlantic Seaboard States.

Each State is represented by three Commissioners, one of whom
must be the chairman or director of the fisheries management agency,
one a legislator and a member of the Commission on Interstate Co-
operation, and one selected by the Governor for a three-year term.
The Commission advises only, aiding in the development of joint pro-
grams dealing with particular species of fish or bodies of water com-
mon to two or more states. These programs may result in uniform
laws or varying but coordinated measures as the circumstances re-
quire. The Commission meets annually and in four regional groups as
follows: (1) the North Atlantic States, (2) the Middle Atlantic States,
(3) the Chesapeake Bay Area, and (4) the South Atlantic States. In
place of special committees which in the past dealt with particular
species, the 15th Annual Meeting created an overall scientific commit-
tee to digest scientific material and present condensed reports to the
Commission. A similar committee was established to report on legal
matters. The technical advice and research facilities of the United
States Fish and Wildlife Service are available to the Commission and
its member states. Each participating state contributes to the support
of the Commission in proportion to the value of its Marine Fisheries
catch as compared with the total Atlantic catch. The Commission is-
sues mimeographed minutes of Annual, Section, and Committee meet-
ings. The Annual Meeting minutes contain scientific appendices. The
Commission also issues printed Annual Reports. All are on file in the
office of the Department of Tidewater Fisheries (Code 1957, Art.
66C, sees. 266-61).

Appropriations 1961 1962

General Funds ............................................ $2,000 $2,000
Staff: 3.

Representatives from the State of Maryland:

J. Millard Tawes, Governor; George F. Hazelwood, 1963;
H. Winship Wheatley, Jr„ 1963; Joseph F. Kaylor, Alternate
to the Governor, 1963; L. Eugene Cronin, Alternate, 1963;
Christian Heurich, Jr„ Alternate, 1963.
Ellis S. Tisdale, Executive Director

203 Transportation Building
Washington 6, D. G. Telephone: Executive 3-1978

The Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin was estab-
lished by an Act of Congress in 1940, and the compact was ratified
by the participating states shortly thereafter. Maryland ratified by
Chapter 320, Acts of 1939. The Commission is composed of represen-
tatives from the United States Government, Maryland, Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. The repre-
sentatives from Maryland include the Governor and two members


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