Black Sea Bass Quota/Permit Sales

Black Sea Bass Directed Quota or Permits for Sale


Information on this page is submitted by  Registered Commercial Fishermen who wish to purchase or lease black sea bass quota, or a black sea bass permit. Fishermen, who currently hold black sea bass quota and wish to sell or lease the quota, may contact those listed.  If you are a VA registered commercial fisherman and wish to be added to this list, E-mail the information you wish to post to . You must include your MRC ID.  Please indicate in your request how long you would like your information posted.  Items more than one year old will be removed.

DISCLAIMER: The persons selling and purchasing quota are responsible for their own terms and conditions. The VMRC will not participate in any negotiations between the two parties. Black sea bass quota management is described in Regulation 4 VAC20-950-10 et. seq., the Commission reserves the right to change this regulation at any time it deems it necessary because of biological conditions, and to change the regulation in all other respects at any time it deems it necessary to carry out its statutory mission. 

The commercial black sea bass fishery has limited entry. Criteria to participate in the commercial black sea bass fishery is specified by VMRC Regulation 4 VAC20-950-10 et. seq.. Call 757-247-2243 or  e-mail Jill Ramsey (Include return e-mail address, name and phone number in body of message) for more information on obtaining a black sea bass Directed or Bycatch permit.

To commercially fish for black sea bass in Virginia, you must be a registered commercial fisherman, have a black sea  bass permit and quota for the current year. You must also purchase a current year gear license for the gear you intend to use to catch the fish.

The physical transfer of black sea bass quota must be approved by the Commissioner of Marine Resources and the information regarding the transfer must be noted on the permits that go with the quota transfer. Both parties must agree as to whether the transfer is permanent or temporary. When you are ready to proceed with the physical transfer of quota call (757) 247-2243, for information on how to proceed with the legal transfer.

Information is posted in chronological order.

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