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

Gear  Season Days Hours

Hand Tonging


Oct. 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2020

Monday through Friday

Sunrise to 3:00 p.m.

Hand Scraping

Nov. 1, 2019 thru March 31, 2020

Monday through Friday

8:00 a.m. 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).