Founded in 1973, the MWA represents thousands of commercial fishermen. In any given year a waterman may harvest blue crabs in the summer months, oysters in the fall, striped bass and perch in the winter mouths, and may elect to catch either eels, catfish, yellow perch or soft shell calms in the spring and back to crabbing in the summer. Some watermen clam year round while others may crab and oyster.  Some take out fishing parties in the summer and commercial fish in the winter or any combination of the fisheries.