Agency News

May 28, 2020:  Updated guidelines for charter fishing vessels and procedures for oyster lease renewals/transfers/applications during the COVID-19 pandemic office closure have been posted on the COVID-19 information page.

May 27, 2020:  the Virginia Marine Resources Commission announces Matthew Rogers of Smithfield, Virginia as the Chief of Law Enforcement Division of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. [Press Release]

May 26, 2020:  Results of the May 26th Commission electronic meeting have been posted. [Commission Results]

May 22, 2020: the May Commission meeting being held next Tuesday will be an electronic only meeting. Please refer to the agency web calendar for the meeting agenda and public participation instructions, and other materials related to the meeting. [Calendar]

The Survey Monkey site used for the VMRC COVID-19 disaster relief survey released this week will be down tomorrow (Saturday) 12 pm to 8pm for maintenance. Survey responses can be provided through June 1. [Survey Announcement  |  Fisheries Disaster Relief Survey]

May 20, 2020:  the Virginia Marine Resources Commission released the results of the 2019 Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey, which shows the blue crab population in Chesapeake Bay remains resilient and within healthy ranges. [Press Release]

May 19, 2020:  The Commission has released a survey to help the agency determine priorities and ensure that VMRC is making the best use of the limited NOAA fisheries disaster relief funds.  Marine fisheries participants, as outlined in the survey, should respond to the survey by June 1, 2020. [Survey Announcement  |  Fisheries Disaster Relief Survey]

May 12, 2020: COVID-19 fisheries disaster relief program information has been posted. [Disaster Relief Information Page Press Release]

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Commissioner’s Message

Picture of Steven G. Bowman, Commissioner

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.

Steven G. Bowman, Commissioner, VMRC

Important Links

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Chesapeake Bay Plate
Buy Recrecational Licenses
Fisherman Identification Program
VMRC Regulations
Recreational Fishing Regulations
Anglers Guide