Welcome to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. We serve as stewards of the Commonwealth’s marine and aquatic resources, and protectors of its tidal waters and homelands, for present and future generations.
We manage saltwater fishing, both recreational and commercial. We work to create and maintain sustainable fisheries for the benefit of all anglers and the ecosystem.
We also manage water bottoms in public trust for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Habitat Management Division works with those who wish to use them for piers or water-dependent projects.
Our Law Enforcement Division, the Virginia Marine Police, patrols the waterways to enforce the regulations and to assist citizens in need.
We take our duties seriously, striving always to serve the public in a professional, responsive and responsible way.
Please join us as protectors of our critical natural resources so that they remain for our children and grandchildren to enjoy them as we do.
Recreational FishingRec Fishing Regulations
Commercial FishingRecent Regulations
Law EnforcementLE Field Offices
Habitat ManagementHabitat Permits
August 20, 2014: The success of the VMRC oyster restoration efforts along with our public and private sector partners, is taking on new dimensions and visibility. Governor McAuliffe announced yesterday the creation of the Virginia Oyster Trail. “Virginia is for Oyster Lovers”. The trail offers visitors a way to enjoy Virginia’s seven different oyster regions, as well as experience the unique culture of watermen in the Chesapeake Bay. Read more here [Virginia Oyster Trail | Press Release]
August 7, 2014: National Shark Week, August 10-17, 2014.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s Web site provides a wealth of information on
identification of different shark species, including photos and field keys (unique data sets).
Links] [VMRC Shark
Regulation] - Virginia regulations pertaining to sharks can be found here, including recreational and commercial fishing
Shark Information] - the Virginia Institute Of Marine Science provides material on the three predominant shark species found in Virginia, why sharks are important ecologically, shark research and other topics.
[U.S. National Aquarium
Shark Information] - more features and articles on sharks.
July 29, 2014: The Virginia recreational and commercial hook-and-line speckled trout fisheries reopen on August 1, 2014. Beginning August 1, it will be legal for any person fishing commercially, with commercial hook and line gear, or recreationally, with any gear type, to possess up to 5 speckled trout, in any one day. These seasons have been closed from March 1 through July 31, 2014, as a response to conserve the stock that suffered large mortality rates this past winter from cold stun events. In addition to the 5-fish possession limit, there is a 14 inch minimum size limit. Of the 5-fish possession limit, only one speckled trout, 24 inches or greater, can be possessed, in any one day, for persons fishing with commercial hook and line gear, or fishing recreationally with any gear type.