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Rules and Regulations



  • The PRFC approved the opening of the oyster season for hand tongs starting at sunrise on Monday, October 15th, and running Mondays through Fridays through March 31, 2019 from sunrise to 3 PM. There is a bushel limit of 8 bushels per licensee per day and 16 bushels per vessel per day (with two licensees) aboard. All areas of the river are open with the exception of the following areas: Knott’s Hollow SMA, Lower Cedar Point SMA, Bluff Point SMA, Gum Bar SMA, Green Hill/Old Farms SMA, Bluff Point Lumps Sanctuary, Heron Island Sanctuary, and Chotank Lumps Sanctuary. All oyster harvesters are required to call in thier catch daily to a toll free number that is provided to them when they purchase their license. Weekly written harvest reports are also required. The oyster season for hand scrapes will open in applicable areas on November 1st. Jones Shore Special Management Area #3 will open on Friday, November 2nd and will be open M-W-F through February, 2019 and then M-F in March.
  • NEW: In collaboration with The Virginia Marine Resources Commission through the working agreement of the Bi State Compact of 1958, the Jones Shore Special Management Area has been charted on VMRC’s mobile app that uses smartphone GPS to show the users position relative to shellfish areas and other map features. For PRFC jurisdictional waters, only the Jones Shore SMA is charted at this time, but depending on feedback from the public, we hope to chart other oyster bars and fixed fishing gear. The app is available for free from the Apple or Google app stores. Simply search for "VMRC Maps" on your smartphone to install, or click on the following link to learn more: Go to "PRFC Jones Shore Area" on the main menu. A couple of screenshots are shown below of the newly charted Jones Shore SMA. Give it a try and let us know your thoughts!
  • The Maryland Department of General Services (DGS)—in partnership with the departments of Agriculture and Natural Resources—has awarded contracts to Jessup-based Reliant Fish Co. and Congressional Seafood Co. for a program that will create sales of Maryland-harvested blue catfish to state institutions providing food services. The program also helps the state reduce the blue catfish’s negative impact on the Potomac River and Chesapeake Bay ecosystems by creating a reliable market for the non-native species." For more information see the full press release
  • 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"
  • 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