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) –

NMFS Permit Shop –

Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council –

South Atlantic Fishery Management Council –

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission –

State and Potomac River Regulations

Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) –

North Carolina –

Maryland –

Potomac River –

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