Lack Of H2B Visas Affects Crab Processors

Many crab processing plants in Dorchester County are expected to remain closed when the season opens on April 1 because crab pickers have been unable to get H2B temporary visas. Chesapeake Bay area watermen want First District Congressman Frank Kratovil to do something about the situation. Some 150 waterman and people representing other industries met with Kratovil at the A.E. Phillips packing plant in Fishing Creek. This year the H2B program was limited at 66,000 temporary visas, none of which went to the people who had worked in the crab processing plants.