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Rules and Regulations



  • Bluefish....the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended and the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) approved new recreational fishing regulations for the 2020 Atlantic bluefish fishery from Florida to Maine. These measures, which include a 3-fish bag limit for private anglers and shore-based fishermen and a 5-fish bag limit for for-hire fishermen, represent a substantial reduction compared to the federal 15-fish bag limit that has been in place since 2000. The Commission’s actions are final and apply to state waters (0-3 miles from shore). This includes the waters under of the tidal Potomac River. The most recent operational assessment of the Atlantic bluefish stock concluded that the stock is overfished but not experiencing overfishing. During their joint meeting in October, the Council and Commission adopted a recreational harvest limit (RHL) of 9.48 million pounds for 2020 and 2021, which is an 18% decrease compared to the 2019 RHL. Using the current regulations, the recreational sector is projected to land 13.27 million pounds, which will exceed the RHL by 28.56%. Therefore, the Council and Commission met last week to approve new recreational management measures to constrain harvest to the reduced RHL.
  • 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.

Outreach Position

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission is accepting applications to fill a seasonal/contractual fisheries outreach position. The position is located at the PRFC Office in Colonial Beach, VA. The position will run through June 30, 2020 with the potential for extension. This position will support projects related to mandated public outreach for recovery of Atlantic Striped Bass, but also include support for management for several other migratory species such as American and hickory shad and other species. And other work as needed. Job responsibilities will include: Developing and implementing outreach strategies for PRFC, data entry, developing web and social media content, and other work as needed. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Education: Completion of a B.S. in Fisheries Science or Marine Biology. Experience: None, however previous internships and volunteer work will be considered in candidate selection. SELECTION PROCESS: Provide cover letter, resume and copy of college transcripts to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment, and report all experience and education related to this position. Verifiable volunteer experience will be considered; please include it on your resume, if applicable. All information concerning your qualifications must be submitted by a closing date of January 24, 2020. Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will proceed to the next phase of evaluation via an interview. Prospective candidates should send their cover letter, resume and copy of college transcripts to Martin Gary at

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