Commercial Fishing - Commercial Oyster Season Restrictions
Potomac River Commercial Oyster Season, Dates, Days and Time Limits

Gear  Season Days Hours


Hand Tonging

 

Oct. 1 through
Dec. 31

Monday through Friday

Sunrise to 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 1 through
Mar. 31

Monday through Friday

Sunrise to 3:00 p.m.

Hand Scraping

Nov. 1 through
Dec 31st

Monday through Friday

Sunrise to 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 1 through
Mar. 31

Monday through Friday

Sunrise to 3:00 p.m.

*There is a RIVER WIDE bushel limit of 8 bushels/licensee/day, and 16 bushels (two licenses)/boat/day.

Size Limit Minimum 3",

It is unlawful for any person to take, catch, sell, offer to buy or expose for sale or have in possession oysters which consist of five percent (5%) or more by volume of oyster shells and oysters whose shells measure less than three (3) inches

No weekends

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).