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
January 26, 2017: Please click on the link to see an announcement from the National Marine Fisheries Service regarding a closure of recreational cobia fishing in federal waters. [NMFS Notice]
January 24, 2017: The Commission today presented a plaque to oyster
Conservation and Replenishment Officer Dr. Jim Wesson and thanked him for 25
years of service to the Commonwealth and the agency. Dr. Wesson is retiring and
has been the architect of the recent years’ success in oyster restoration. Over
the past decade, the oyster harvest has grown from 24,000 bushels in 2004 to
619,000 bushels last year. In other action, the Commission revoked the license
and tidal fishing privileges of a commercial waterman for one year for
participating in harvest activities while under license revocation for previous
violations. [Meeting Summary]
January 3, 2017: The agency has reconfigured the boundaries of the oyster sanctuaries in the Rappahannock River by the Norris bridge. The new boundaries give watermen a substantial transit area of roughly three-quarters of a mile when going past the bridge in the mainstem of the river. This is being done so no one will inadvertently risk crossing the sanctuaries with dredge gear when going to or from designated harvest areas. Here is a new map of the area. [Sanctuary Boundary Map]