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  • The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Atlantic Striped Bass Management Board (Board) approved Draft Addendum VI for public comment. The Addendum was initiated in response to the 2018 Benchmark Stock Assessment which indicates the Striped Bass resource is overfished and experiencing overfishing. The Draft Addendum explores a range of management alternatives designed to end overfishing and reduce fishing mortality to the target level in 2020. The majority of Atlantic coastal states are conducting public hearings on the Draft Addendum; a press release announce the details of those hearings can be found at: Fishermen and other interested groups are encouraged to provide input on the Draft Addendum either by attending state public hearings or providing written comment. The Draft Addendum is available on the Commission website at Public comment will be accepted until 5:00 PM (EST) on October 7, 2019 and should be forwarded to Max Appelman, Fishery Management Plan Coordinator, 1050 N. Highland St, Suite A-N, Arlington, VA 22201; 703.842.0741 (FAX) or at (Subject line: Draft Addendum VI). Organizations planning to release an action alert in response to Draft Addendum VI should contact Max Appelman at or 703.842.0740.
  • The 2019 Chesapeake Blue Crab Winter Dredge Survey results have been released by Maryland & Virginia. Metrics for adult females, adult males and juvenile crabs are all up. This year's positive survey results are likely due to a combination of factors coming together, including: favorable environmental conditions (winds and currents at the mouth of the Bay where crabs spawn), adequate female spawning biomass, and lower than average winter mortality. In the coming weeks, MD, VA & PRFC will be meeting with thier advisory and stakeholder groups to present and discuss the survey results and possible management responses. PRFC's Blue Crab Advisory Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, May 14th at 6 PM at the Carpenter Building. The public is welcomed and encouraged to attend.
  • 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