When the justices rule on fishing license applications, the industry is at a crossroads.
The justices are expected to rule on whether to strike down the state’s new fishing licenses for the first time since the Supreme’s ruling on the Second Amendment in June 2016.
The court will hear oral arguments in the case in February.
The court’s last ruling on a fishing license was in April, when it struck down a state law that required the state to allow fishermen to catch fish and to pay the fees for them.
For most fishing license applicants, the impact on the industry has been minimal.
In the past two years, the number of licenses issued by the state has grown, according to data provided by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.
But for the last two years the number in the state of 2,621 licenses has dropped from nearly 4,000 in 2017 to nearly 2,100 in 2018.
That decline in the number has been due in part to the high number of fishermen who are moving to other states to obtain licenses.
A year ago, Maryland issued almost 2,000 licenses.
The number of fishing licenses issued in Maryland rose to almost 3,400 in 2018 from 1,788 in 2017, according a report from the Maryland Economic Development Corp. The report said the drop in licenses was largely driven by a surge in the total number of anglers who have left the state.
While the number dropped in 2017 and 2018, the numbers did not decrease dramatically in 2019, according the report.
The state still has about 2,800 licenses, up from 1.8 million in 2018, according state figures.
Many of those fishermen are moving from other states because of the high cost of living in other parts of the country.
The average cost of a fishing trip for a Maryland resident in 2018 was $15,049, compared with $12,077 in 2017.
In addition, Maryland is experiencing a record number of severe weather events.
The most severe weather event in the last five years is the Atlantic hurricane season.
Maryland also is the largest state to issue fishing licenses to private companies.
That means that, with the exception of the fishing license system, the state is in a position to make a profit from fishing.
The state has no limits on the number that can be issued and the amount of money that can flow through the system.
Critics say that if the justices strike down Maryland’s fishing license regulations, the fishery industry could be in trouble.
“This will have a big impact on Maryland’s economic future, which is very good news for the industry, because we have a lot of jobs and a lot at stake,” said Michael D. Smith, a University of Maryland professor of law and a former federal judge.
John Kallstrom, director of the state Department of Conservation and Recreation, said that while the number will drop in 2019 from the last year, it would be difficult to say that the fishing economy would have a negative impact.
“If the court upholds the state, we’ll have a year or two of decline and then a little bit of recovery,” he said.
Kallstrom said that the state can’t control the amount and type of fishing the fishermen are doing, but he said the state does have the tools to enforce the laws.