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Rules and Regulations



  • The 2018-2019 oyster season opening date and season specifications will be determined at the October 12, 2018 meeting of the PRFC. The public commercial oyster fishery is currently closed, and will remain closed until the PRFC opens it.
  • The Potomac River Fisheries Commission welcomes Robert A. "Bobby" Boarman of Newburg, MD as its newest member. Commissioner Boarman is a life long watermen, former Chairman of PRFC's Blue Crab Advisory Committee, and is an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and conservationist. He possesses decades of experiential and institutional knowledge, and will be a tremendous asset to the Potomac River Fisheries Commission.
  • 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.
  • The Potomac River Fisheries Commission will conduct public hearings on Friday, October 12, 2018 at its quarterly meeting on Proposed Amendments to PRFC Regulations.
  • 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