Magali Moreno picks crab meat Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2005, at J.M. Clayton Co., in Cambridge, Md. At one point, Maryland seafood packers feared the seasonal visas that allow them to find foreign workers might run out. The seasonal work visas, called H2Bs, have become increasingly popular with American employers over the last two decades. (AP Photo/Matthew S. Gunby)

Producing crab meat isn’t just a profitable industry in Maryland — it’s an art.

That art, mastered by seafood processors along the Maryland shore, is threatened by a lack of workers, according to Jack Brooks, president of the Chesapeake Bay Seafood Industries Association.

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