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Office Closed - July 4th

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Physical Address: 222 Taylor Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Office: (804) 224-7148
Hours: 8:30 am -- 4:30pm Monday - Friday

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  • Updated Recreational Striped Bass Regulation as of March 8, 2024

  • PRFC Finfish Advisory Committee Vacancies:
    1. Maryland Charter Boat Captain (4-year term)
    2. Virginia Upper River Commercial Fisherman (4-year term)
    3. Virginia Upper River Recreational Fisherman (4-year term)
    4. Virginia Lower River Recreational Fisherman (4-year term)
    5. Virginia Recreational Fisherman (1 year term)

    If you, or someone you know, who would be interested in filling this vacancy, please complete the nomination form and submit it via mail, email (, or dropping it off in person at the Commission office. These positions remain vacant until filled.


    In April 2023, the Commission took action to eliminate the free sport crabbing regulation in the Potomac River by amending Reg. VI, Sections 4(a), 4(b), 4(c), 4(d), and 4(e). Beginning in 2024, ALL individuals desiring to sport crab in the Potomac River will need to purchase a $30 license. The new license structure eliminated the boat license and eliminated allowing individuals to have 2 pots/person in the Potomac River without a license. The only exemption to requiring a sport crabbing license is to private landowners (See Reg. VI, Sec. 4(a) for details and qualifications).

  • To All Gill Net, Pound Net, and Fyke Net Licensees:
    At this time, we are requesting that all individuals that need to move a current fixed net location, or obtain a new fixed net location, first make an appointment. This appointment request applies to gill nets, fyke nets, or pound nets only. If you walk-in, there may not be a staff member available to complete this transaction. Please call our office at (804) 224-7148, during business hours, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • Effective 11.1.2022, ALL commercial striped bass tags must be picked up in our office during normal business hours. If you are unable to pick up your striped bass tags yourself, you are required to complete the Designee Form and have your designee bring it with them. We will not accept phone calls to verify permission to pick up striped bass tags. Due to raising postage costs, the option to mail striped bass tags is no longer available.

  • You may have noticed that we added a new feature to our website. The PRFC Chat box is now available for you to use during normal PRFC business hours. Designated staff will respond to your chat request as soon as we see it. If we are not available to receive a chat message, or if received over the weekend or on a holiday, please leave your email, inquiry, and phone number if desired, and we will get back to you shortly.

  • A new GIS based map highlighting oyster bars and artificial reefs in the Potomac is now available at:

  • PRFC Fin Fish Harvest Report

    PRFC History and Mission Statement

    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