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  • PRFC Office Status: Due to the continued evolving conditions related to the spread of the Novel Corona Virus and the disease it creates, Covid-19, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission office remains closed to the public until the Potomac River Fisheries Commission deems it safe to open the office and is intended to minimize impacts of the disease to both PRFC staff, and our customers. Staff is in the office on a limited basis and for essential work only. The PRFC will continue to conduct business transactions via mail during this time. Any questions should be directed to a special HOTLINE: 804-742-0174. Leave your name and number and someone will call you back within 24 hours. Questions can also be emailed to: Please continue to monitor our website, or our Facebook page, for any update.

  • Crab Pot Decals and Tags ordered in the regular renewal period have arrived at the PRFC office, and are available for pick up. You can either call the PRFC hotline (804-742-1748) to schedule a curbside appointment, or stop by the office on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays between 10 AM and 4 PM and knock on the outside door.

  • Important Notice....New Harry Nice/Mac Middleton Bridge update. Please reference the attached map. Effective immediately (7.16.20), per USCG, an exclusionary zone has been set up for bridge construction activities. All boaters are required to use the main shipping channel for transit up and down river from the bridge(s).

    Map - Click to enlarge

    Additionally, boaters need to remain at least 500 feet north of the existing bridge as indicated by the horizontal red line running across the river and parallel to the existing bridge. Boaters should exercise extreme caution around the four mooring buoys on the map (M1 - M4). Cables run from the mooring buoys to barges and equipment. Any questions related to bridge activities can be directed to 888-994-1415. Calls will be responded to within 24 hours.

  • 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