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Recreational Fishing Regulations

New ! Striped Bass rules adopted in December 2014 require Virginia saltwater fishermen participating in the Spring Trophy Season (May 1 May 15 coastal and May 1- June 15 Bay and tribs) to obtain a no-cost permit. The permit is only required for trophy striped bass fishermen 16 or older and not fishing on a legally licensed headboat or charter boat. The new no-cost trophy permit can be obtained at VMRC license agents or can also be obtained by the fisherman directly via a new online process:  [New Online No-Cost Permit Process] [VMRC License Agent Locations]

Saltwater Recreational Hook & Line Fishing Regulations

Recreational Crabbing and Non-Hook and Line Fishing Regulations

Shark Identification Information (shark regulations vary by species, shark species can be difficult to differentiate, please visit this link to learn more on how to properly identify the species of sharks).

Recreational Fishing License

Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Requirements

Get your Saltwater Fishing License Online!

Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licensing Agents

Saltwater License Development Fund Website with Recreational Fishing Information

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Trophy Striped Bass Online Harvest Report Form

Charter Boat, Commercial Fish Pier or Rental Boat Business in Virginia Tidal Waters

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Saltwater Anglers Guide

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What You Should Do When You Catch a Tagged Fish

Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program

Boat ramps funded by recreational saltwater license funds

Boat ramps funded and managed by the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

Public Access Fishing Sites

 

Hotlines:

VA Stranding Team Hotline
(757) 385-7575 [Website | What to do about a stranded marine animal?]

Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline
(888) 238-6154 [Website | Map | Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force ]

Boating Safety

US Coast Guard Boating Safety

Seafood

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National Fisheries Institute

Other Recreational Info

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournment

Saltwater Recreational Finfish Landings Statistics from NMFS

Tuna Permit and Fishing Information

Virginia Charter Boat Association


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