Anglers fishing in saltwater from Virginia ports are subject to a variety of federal, state, and local regulations. Regulations vary depending on where the angler is fishing, species caught and whether fishing as a recreational angler, patron on a charter boat, or fishing commercially.

 

For details, visit the following resources:

 

Federal and Regional Regulations

National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries Service) – http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/

NMFS Permit Shop – https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council – http://www.mafmc.org/

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council – http://www.safmc.net/

 

State and Potomac River Regulations

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) – http://www.mrc.state.va.us/

North Carolina – http://www.ncfisheries.net/

Maryland – http://www.dnr.state.md.us/fisheries/regulations/commregs.html

Potomac River – http://www.prfc.state.va.us/

 

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