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.
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February 28, 2014: Governor Terry McAuliffe announced today the
appointment of John M.R. Bull as Commissioner of the Virginia Marine Resources Commission.
John Bull has been with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission since June 2007
and has been serving as Acting Commissioner since January 2014. In his career at the agency, he has been Director of Public Relations and Legislative Liaison and has worked closely with the agency’s many and varied constituent groups, the news media and the Virginia General Assembly and has been involved in all aspects of agency operations. Before joining the Virginia Marine Resources Commission, he was an award-winning newspaper reporter at eight different newspapers over the span of 23 years, most recently as an investigative reporter and Virginia General Assembly reporter for the Newport News Daily
Press. He is a journalism graduate of Penn State University.
February 26, 2014: NOAA Fisheries Service has announced the commercial quota and recreational harvest limits, for summer flounder, effective January 1, 2014. The coastwide summer flounder total allowable landings (TAL) are 19.07 million pounds. The commercial summer flounder quota allotment is 11.73 million pounds. Virginia’s commercial quota, after subtracting the research set-aside amount, is 2,427,783 pounds. Virginia’s commercial summer flounder quota will be distributed, as described in Chapter 4 VAC 20-620-10 et seq. "Pertaining to Summer Flounder," in the following notice: [Notice]
February 26, 2014: The Commission ordered a sunken barge that has plagued the Town of Urbanna for almost two years removed by the owner within 31 days or he’ll face court enforcement action from the Office of Attorney General, which could include fines of up to $10,000 a day for non-compliance with the Commission’s orders. Also, the recreational speckled trout fishery was closed as of March 1 in an emergency action to protect the stock in the wake of abnormal levels of cold-stuns and cold-kills due to the three-week polar vortex earlier this month. This stock conservation action was taken at the request of a large number of recreational speckled trout anglers. [Meeting Summary]
February 19, 2014: The Recreational Fishing Advisory Board will
be combining its two spring meetings, originally scheduled for March 10th and
May 12th, into a single meeting to be held on March 10th; decisions on first
cycle project proposals will be made at the meeting. [Meeting
February 11, 2014: A special meeting of the Tournament Committee of the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament will be held Tuesday, February 18th at 2600 Washington Avenue, Newport News, 7 PM, in the Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s meeting room, located on the fourth floor of the building. The meeting was scheduled in response to a significant number of requests for the Committee to reconsider their decision, made during their annual meeting in November 2013, to eliminate the multiple tiers of the Master Angler Program as originally designed. The multiple tier design was modeled after a similar and popular program run by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. [Notice]
January 28, 2014: Dr. Bob Orth (VIMS) reported on the distribution and recovery efforts of submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV). SAV provides valuable habitat to a variety of species including the commercial important blue crab. Dr. Orth explained that water clarity and quality is a key to the reestablishment of SAV and has hampered restoration efforts in the lower Chesapeake Bay. Reestablishment efforts in the coastal bays have been extremely successful and may soon provide the necessary habitat to restore a bay scallop fishery. Dr. Orth anticipates water quality benefits will accrue from the new stormwater regulations and that will in turn benefit SAV distribution and the valuable fish habitats it supports. <Meeting
January 15, 2014: Commissioner Jack Travelstead retired from the Marine Resources Commission on January 10, 2014 after almost 33 years of outstanding service to the Commonwealth. Commissioner Travelstead leaves behind an enduring legacy of fair and balanced marine resource management. Mr. John M. R. Bull has been designated as the Acting Commissioner for the Marine Resources Commission effective January 13, 2014. Mr. Bull has been with the agency since June 1, 2007 as the Director of Public Relations, and has been very involved in all aspects of Commission business.
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