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  • Commissioner Vacancy
    at the Potomac River Fisheries Commission

    The Potomac River Fisheries Commission has an immediate opening representing the State of Maryland. The Commission is the Maryland-Virginia bi-state regulatory authority for fishery matters in the mainstem tidal Potomac River from Washington, D.C. to Chesapeake Bay. It consists of eight members, four appointed by the governor of Maryland and four appointed by the governor of Virginia.

    The Commission is responsible for adopting rules, regulations and licenses for the recreational and commercial taking, catching or attempting to take or catch fish, crabs, oysters and clams from the Potomac River. The Commission regulations carry the full force and effect of law, and are jointly enforced by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Police and the Virginia Marine Resources Commission Marine Police. Both the Maryland District Courts and Virginia General District Courts have jurisdiction to adjudicate violations of the Commission’s regulations.

    The Commission meets four to six times each year and most meetings are held in the Commissioner’s Hearing Room at its office in Colonial Beach, Virginia. All Commission meetings are open and the public is invited and encouraged to attend. The Commission also has three citizen advisory committees, one for finfish matters, one for crab issues, and one for oyster and clam concerns. These committee meetings are, likewise, open public meetings and are held in Colonial Beach, Virginia.

    If interested in applying for the current vacancy please visit the Governor's Appointment Office to submit an application. For questions regarding the position, please contact Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fishing and Boating Services Director David Blazer at 410-260-8281.

  • The Potomac River Fisheries Commission, in Colonial Beach, VA, is seeking a Part-Time Data Entry Clerk. $11/hour, up to 29 hours per week. Hours will vary M – F between 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. This person would be responsible for verifying and entering commercial harvest report data into our Microsoft Access 2003 software program, entering sport fishing license data, and assisting staff with additional ancillary duties. The person chosen should have the ability to pay close attention to detail, be able to work independently and have the ability to enter high volumes of data accurately and efficiently. Previous experience with using Microsoft Office Access 2003 is required and previous data entry experience is required. Please submit a cover letter, incorporating a statement of your working knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access 2003 (or later versions), and a resume to or dropped off at our office during normal business hours on 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA. This position is open until filled The company is an equal opportunity employer and will consider all applications without regards to race, sex, age, color, religion, national origin, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information or any characteristic protected by law.
  • Attention Recreational and Charter Boat anglers, the summer-Fall Striped bass season runs from May 16th through December 31, 2018. 2 fish/person/day, 20" minimum length, one of which may be 28"
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  • PRFC launches new website feature, atlas to fisheries related resources in the tidal Potomac watershed.

  • Attention Blue Catfish commercial harvesters. The following letter was sent out to fish trot line and fish pot licensees to allow them to identify prospective buyers of commercially caught Blue Catfish in PRFC waters. This list includes those buyers we are aware of, but there may be others. We can add others to the list if their information is made available to us.

PRFC History
and Mission Statement

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The states of Maryland and Virginia are both vitally interested in conserving and improving the valuable fishery resources of the tidewater portion of the Potomac River, maintaining law and order and peace and safety on the river, and recognizing that certain provisions of the Maryland-Virginia Compact of 1785 had become obsolete, agreed in 1958 that such conservation and improvement could be best achieved by a commission comprised of representatives of both Maryland and Virginia. Read more