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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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Recreational Fishing Rules

Anglers Guide

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Agency News

November 6, 2017:  Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced November as Virginia Oyster Month in the Commonwealth. The month of November is the perfect opportunity for travelers and Virginians to explore the Commonwealth’s eight different oyster regions, and to celebrate the Virginia oyster through numerous festivals and events across the Commonwealth. The Governor also encouraged travelers to visit the Virginia Oyster Trail, which connects visitors with restaurants, artisans, farms, tours, and historical sites throughout Coastal Virginia. [Governor's News Release]

October 31, 2017: 
The VMRC has finished compiling and summarizing its mandatory recreational reporting program for the 2017 cobia season. Please click on the link to learn about the raw data reported by Virginia’s recreational anglers, including number of cobia trips, numbers of cobia caught/released, and voluntarily provided individual length and weight samples. The VMRC will continue to analyze these trip reports in an effort to incorporate them into future scientific and management decisions wherever applicable.[Cobia Report]

October 24, 2017:  The Virginia Marine Resources Commission voted unanimously today to adopt the second of two general permits for certain living shoreline projects. The general permits are designed to encourage the use of these environmentally-preferable shoreline protection methods where appropriate through a streamlined permit review process. Whereas the first general permit was confined to intertidal areas, this second general permit will also authorize certain structures on water bottoms. [Meeting Summary]


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