CALENDAR

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

NEWS

  • The March 3rd quarterly business meeting of the PRFC has been moved to Monday, March 20th. Please see the calendar for related meeting information.
  • Public hearings have been scheduled for March 7 & 9 on the proposed National Marine Sanctuary at Mallows Bay-Potomac River. for additional information on this public hearing, visit the Mallows Bay web site.
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  • PRFC launches new website feature, atlas to fisheries related resources in the tidal Potomac watershed.
  • Attention: PRFC will no longer be mailing out sport license renewal notices due to the updated sport license which is good 365 days from date of purchase. To mail in your renewal, please print the following form out and mail to the PRFC office
  • 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.
  • Commercially caught catfish may be delivered to processors on ice and are not required to be alive on arrival. All catfish are subject to inspection by USDA FSIS staff for suitability for human consumption (not in a state of decomposition)
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission coordinates regulations with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, (DGIF) and with the other Atlantic coastal states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).