Morgan Tolley is a third generation crab processor working on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, but he's worried that his industry may be under threat as more and more young people shun the traditional family-oriented trade.
The A.E. Phillips crab picking house Tolley manages in Fishing Creek, Maryland, relies on crabs harvested by the "watermen" of the Bay.
Local workers do not want the tough manual jobs in picking houses anymore, Tolley said, noting that the crab processing industry has had a difficult time securing the limited amount of guest worker visas issued by the federal government.
Lawsuits challenging the government's management of H2B visas have recently disrupted the programme, with a court ruling briefly forcing authorities to stop processing applications in March.
Labor Department statistics show that seafood companies in Maryland eventually received visas for at least 420 seasonal workers this year.