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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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Recreational Fishing Rules

Anglers Guide

What We Do


Agency News

January 31, 2019:  Attention Virginia Black Sea Bass Anglers, the 2019 February recreational black sea bass fishing season will start February 1st and end on February 28th 2019. We want to remind all anglers that a recreational black sea bass permit is required ONLY for the captain or operator of the vessel and that it is their responsibility to report all black sea bass caught or released during the 2019 February recreational black sea bass season. Click on the notice link for more details on the 2019 black sea bass season. [Notice]

January 29, 2019:
   the Commission's new main office at 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, VA 23651 is officially open as of Tuesday, 1/29/19.  [Map to New Office]

January 23, 2019: The Commission met yesterday and unanimously voted to uphold the decision of the Northumberland County Wetlands Board to approve the installation of a 125 linear foot riprap revetment on a jurisdictional beach adjacent to the Potomac River. Also of note, the Commission approved NASA’s request to construct offshore breakwaters and place approximately 1.3 million cubic yards of sandy beach nourishment material along approximately 19,850 feet of shoreline adjacent to Wallops Island. The Commission also unanimously voted to establish a February 2019 black sea bass fishery with modifications to the recreational black sea bass reporting requirements. [Meeting Summary]

January 20, 2019:  The MAFMC will hold a scoping hearing/internet webinar Thursday, February 7, 2019, 6:00 pm at the Commission's new office at Ft. Monroe (380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651) to solicit public input on an amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the goals and objectives of the entire Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). [Notice | Webinar Link]


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