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Commissioner, John M.R. Bull

Commissioner’s Message

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.

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VMRC Regulations

Recreational Fishing Rules

Anglers Guide

What We Do

Agency News

November 19, 2014:  VDH announces online training for shellfish dealers. The training is mandatory for dealers to obtain 2015 VDH shellfish permits. [Training Announcement

November 3, 2014: 
Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today that November is Virginia Oyster Month. Visitors and Virginians alike are encouraged to experience the fresh wild-caught and farm-raised oysters from Virginia's seven different oyster regions throughout the month of November, as well as participate in the numerous oyster festivals and events around the Commonwealth. [Press Release]

October 28, 2014: 
In the face of continuing budget shortfalls, the Commission unanimously voted to raise the saltwater recreational license fees for just the third time since 1993, to allow for the continuation of core recreational programs including recreational law enforcement, the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament, the Game Fish Tagging Program, and the Artificial Reef Program. [Meeting Summary]

ber 15, 2014:   Final in-person shellfish training dates announced; the National Shellfish Sanitation Program guidelines now require training and education programs for all shellfish harvesters and certified dealers. Completion of the training is a pre-requisite for licensing. The intent is to increase the awareness of temperature control and food handling practices for shellfish to minimize growth of Vibrio bacteria. [Final In-Person Training Dates] [Online Training Link]

October 9, 2014:
Effective 6:00 P.M., Eastern Daylight Savings Time, Friday, October 10, 2014, the commercial menhaden pound net fishery will close. [Closure Notice]

September 23, 2014:  The Marine Resources Commission today signaled its intent to raise Saltwater Recreational License fees effective January 1, 2015. The fees have not been raised for a number of years, and the increases are needed to preserve important angler programs in the face of impending State budget cuts. Also the Commission revoked the commercial fishing licenses of four watermen, for periods of six months to one year, for egregious violations. [Meeting Summary] [Repeat Offender Press Release]

September 5, 2014: 
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission have scheduled a series of scoping hearings to gather public input on the range of issues and information to be considered in the Comprehensive Summer Flounder Amendment. The Virginia hearing will be held on Tuesday, 10/14/14 at 6PM at the Commission Main Office, 4rth Floor Commission Room.  [Notice]

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