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Commissioner, Steven G. Bowman

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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Anglers Guide

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Agency News

April 2018

April 2, 2018: Effective 2PM, Friday, April 13, 2017, the Virginia James River Seed Area, including the Deep Water Shoal State Replenishment Seed Area will be closed by VMRC to the harvest of Seed Oysters. [Notice]

March 2018

March 27, 2018: The Commission voted 5-2 to authorize an alternative plan to reduce the loss of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV) for a permit for the National Park Service to fill State-owned submerged land as part of the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve Marsh Restoration/Protection Plan, in Fairfax County. The Commission also established a 16 1/2-inch minimum size limit for the 2018 recreational summer flounder fishery in Virginia waters, established new commercial restrictions related to cobia, set the 2018 recreational cobia season, and eliminated the prohibition on gaffing cobia while fishing recreationally. See the full meeting summary for more. [Meeting Summary | More on Cobia Regulations]

March 23, 2018:
The State will be transitioning to a new email system over the weekend. Our employee State email addresses have not changed. If you are corresponding with any Commission employee via email between 6PM Friday and the end of next week , please be aware that email delivery could be delayed, and if important be sure to verify with your intended recipient that your email has been properly received. Likewise if you are expecting email from one of our employees feel free to contact the employee by phone to check the status of an email. Our staff directory has employee phone numbers. [Staff Directory] [MRC User Initial Login | VITA Gmail Support]

March 16, 2018:
Results of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline Hearing held today have been posted. [Meeting Summary]

March 13, 2018: Mid-Atlantic Council Seeking Applicants for Advisory Panels: The Council is soliciting applications from qualified individuals to serve on eight advisory panels. Applications are due by April 20, 2018. [MAFMC Press Release]



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