VMRC COVID-19 Office Closure and Interim Procedures Information


The VMRC main office on Ft. Monroe and other agency field offices are closed until further notice as a result of State office closures related to the COVID-19 virus. All Commission public meetings have also been cancelled.  Please use the notifications below to see interim MRC procedures in affect during the office closure, and other COVID-19 related announcements.

The Commission's Marine Police Operations Center will remain open for emergency services only, and Marine Police Officers will remain in the field. Citizens are encouraged to use the Agency's toll free number, 800-541-4646, to report emergencies, boating accidents and marine resource violations.  For additional information on the coronavirus pandemic visit the Governor's COVID-19 web page.[Virginia COVID-19 Updates]



March 17, 2020: Interim procedures for commercial fishermen and VMRC JPA Permit Holders and Applicants during MRC's COVID-19 office closure:


Commercial Fishermen:

Commercial Fishing Licenses: Any commercial fisherman who is unable to renew their Commercial Fisherman Registration License during this closure will be allowed to continue to fish with 2019 license until VMRC reopens. This would include any gear licenses or permits associated with your Commercial Fisherman Registration License to include crab pots, gill nets, and oyster gear. This only applies to those individuals with a valid Commercial Fisherman Registration License for the previous license year and will expire once the agency reopens. The agency will post on the VMRC website when the agency will reopen.

      License transfers, quota transfers, and additional striped bass tags WILL NOT be able to be processed during this closure period.

Crab Agents: Individuals who would like to use a crab agent during this closure but have not submitted a form can do so without an approved form as long as the agent is in possession of your current CFRL card. Additionally, crab agents applications are available online at: https://www.mrc.virginia.gov/Forms/2016/Crab_Agent_Application.pdf and can be mailed to the agency or emailed to fisheries@mrc.virginia.gov (Subject Header: Crab Agent). They will be processed as soon as possible. Crab agent applications will be required once the agency reopens.


VMRC JPA Permit Holders and Applicants:

Any joint permit applications mailed to the Habitat Management Division by USPS will not be processed by the agency until further notice. You may submit a pdf copy of your application to jpa.permits@mrc.virginia.gov as an alternative and we will process your request electronically.

Any work authorized by VMRC permits, issued by the Habitat Management Division with expiration dates during the office closure, may continue. You are required, however, to send an email to jpa.permits@mrc.virginia.gov to formally request an extension.

 

March 16, 2020: the VMRC main office on Ft. Monroe and other agency field offices are closed until further notice per Governor Northam's closure of all State facilities in the Peninsula Health District as a result of a small cluster of COVID-19 cases on the Peninsula. Next week's Commission meeting scheduled for March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. The Commission's Marine Police Operations Center will remain open for emergency services only, and Marine Police Officers will remain in the field. Citizens are encouraged to use the Agency's toll free number, 800-541-4646, to report emergencies, boating accidents and marine resource violations.  For additional information visit the Governor's COVID-19 web page.[Virginia COVID-19 Updates]


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