Welcome to the Virginia Marine Resources Commission. We serve as stewards of the Commonwealth’s marine and aquatic resources, and protectors of its tidal waters and homelands, for present and future generations.
We manage saltwater fishing, both recreational and commercial. We work to create and maintain sustainable fisheries for the benefit of all anglers and the ecosystem.
We also manage water bottoms in public trust for the citizens of the Commonwealth. Our Habitat Management Division works with those who wish to use them for piers or water-dependent projects.
Our Law Enforcement Division, the Virginia Marine Police, patrols the waterways to enforce the regulations and to assist citizens in need.
We take our duties seriously, striving always to serve the public in a professional, responsive and responsible way.
Please join us as protectors of our critical natural resources so that they remain for our children and grandchildren to enjoy them as we do.
Recreational FishingRec Fishing Regulations
Commercial FishingRecent Regulations
Law EnforcementLE Field Offices
Habitat ManagementHabitat Permits
August 7, 2014: National Shark Week, August 10-17, 2014.
The Virginia Marine Resources Commission’s Web site provides a wealth of information on
identification of different shark species, including photos and field keys (unique data sets).
Links] [VMRC Shark
Regulation] - Virginia regulations pertaining to sharks can be found here, including recreational and commercial fishing
Shark Information] - the Virginia Institute Of Marine Science provides material on the three predominant shark species found in Virginia, why sharks are important ecologically, shark research and other topics.
[U.S. National Aquarium
Shark Information] - more features and articles on sharks.
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