The Governor established the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 in June 1997 (Executive Order 01.01.1997.02). To prepare for the 21st century, the Commission will help Marylanders enter the millennium with an understanding of their history. The Commission is to identify and highlight the diverse contributions and achievements of Marylanders, and celebrate their rich cultural heritage.

Efforts of individuals, groups, and institutions to celebrate the contributions of Marylanders will be promoted, supported, and coordinated by the Commission. While planning and executing special events, the Commission also will serve as a clearinghouse of information about millennium activities statewide.

[black & white photograph of a skipjack] Skipjack under sail on Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Marion E. Warren (Marion E. Warren Collection, MSA SC1890-BP7506, Maryland State Archives).

In November 1999, the Maryland Commission for Celebration 2000 formed the Save Our Skipjacks Task Force. The Task Force considered ways to increase safety and minimize weather-related risks for commercial vessels. The Task Force also addressed the repair and maintenance of the fleet, and the availability of insurance coverage for the vessels and their crews. Initial recommendations were made by the Task Force on April 17, 2000.

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