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March 2019

March 13, 2019:  BLUE CRAB SEASON OPENING INFORMATION:  Although blue crab season starts on March 17th, we are reminding people that per regulation, you cannot set pots on Sunday. The earliest pots can be set this season is 6:00 am, March 18th.

February 2019

February 27, 2019:  Pursuant to action by the General Assembly during the 2019 session Senate Bill # 1413 was approved by the Assembly and signed by the Governor on February 27, 2019. The bill contained an emergency clause making it effective upon signature of the Governor. The new law changes application fees for both new oyster planting ground applications and for the transfer of existing oyster planting ground leases. The new fees are now in effect. To obtain a list of the new fee structure click the following link.  [New Lease Application Fees]

Virginia Marine Resources Commission Staff will host an open meeting to accept comments regarding the development of a regulation to establish and implement a fast-track permitting program, and permit application requirements, in order to authorize the selection and use of appropriate sites for disposal of dredge material on State-owned submerged lands for projects in Tidewater Virginia. The regulation is being developed pursuant to Acts of Assembly 2018 Chapter 449. The meeting will be held on March 12, 2019, at 2:00 pm in the Commission Meeting Room at the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Office located at 380 Fenwick Road, Building 96, Fort Monroe in Hampton, Virginia. For comments or inquires contact Tony Watkinson, Chief, Habitat Management Division at 757-247-2250 or

February 26, 2019: 
The Commission met today and approved a wetlands project for Virginia Electric and Power Company, denied two oyster ground leases, and approved public hearings for several fishery items. Also of note, the Commission approved the Oyster Replenishment and Restoration Plan for 2019. MRC will disperse 587,000 bushels of shell over 587 acres and will supplement shell planting with 18,000 tons of alternative substrate over 72 acres. Click on the following link to see the results of today's Commission Meeting.  [Meeting Summary]

The Virginia Marine Resources Commission also voted to approve the 2019 period one opening for the Virginia offshore summer flounder fishery. The landing limit for the offshore (EEZ) fishery from March 1 through April 19, 2019 is 10,000 pounds. [Notice]

February 26, 2019: Virginia Department of Health has issued an emergency closure of James River shellfishing, effective February 26th through March 7th, 2019. [Notice]

January 2019

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 24, 2019:   Due to an unexpected delay, the Commission's new offices at Ft. Monroe will not open until Tuesday, 1/29/19 at 8AM.  Check our web site next week before traveling to our new office in case there is any additional delay in our re-opening.  [Map to New Office]

January 23, 2019: 
VMRC is moving! The VMRC main office at 2600 Washington Avenue will close today at 3PM, remain closed the rest of the week, and reopen January 28th, 2019 at our new location at 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, VA.   Check our web site next week before traveling to our new office in case there is any unexpected delay in our re-opening.  [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]

January 9, 2019: 
VMRC is moving! On January 28th, 2019 we will open our doors at our new location at 380 Fenwick Road, Bldg. 96, Fort Monroe, VA. To prepare for the move, our current main office will be closed January 24-25, 2019. Should you have any communications, permits, reports, etc. that need to be attended to the week of January 21 – 25, we ask that you try and have them delivered no later than January 17, 2019. We will make every effort to avoid any interruptions in service and should you have any questions or concerns please call 757-247-2200. [Map]

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