The Virginia Marine Resources Commission encourages young anglers to become responsible anglers and good stewards of our marine resources. As a part of this effort and to encourage young anglers to appreciate the rewards of catch-and-release, anglers 15 years of age and younger can participate in the Virginia Junior Angler Awards Program. Young anglers catching and releasing 6 different species of saltwater fish during the year earn an award certificate, baseball hat and decal. The program is free, there are no minimum size limits for the fish, and virtually all species of saltwater fish qualify. All a young angler has to do is obtain a
Junior Angler Card, complete the program requirements, and return the card to the office of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament. Program awards will be processed in a couple of weeks.
For more information or to obtain a Junior Angler Card, contact:
Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament
Virginia Gamefish Tagging Program
Attn: Lewis Gillingham
2600 Washington Ave, 3rd Floor
Newport News, VA 23606
(757) 491 - 5160
(757) 247-8014 (fax)
You can also download the Junior Angler Card from our forms download page (next to last form in the table).