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Recreational Fishing Regulations

New ! August 7, 2015:  The tilefish/grouper recreational landing permit required for all vessels to land tilefish and grouper in Virginia has been available for several years at MRC license agents and can continue to be obtained at our license agents. As of Spring 2015, the permit can also obtained by the angler directly via a new online process; once the appropriate information is provided the no-cost permit is issued immediately via email. Note that Tilefish and Grouper Landing Permittees are required to submit a monthly harvest report to the Commission no later than the fifth day of the following month of harvest or fishing; web links to the paper reporting form and the Saltwater Journal online harvest reporting system follow. Note too that there is a one fish possession limit for grouper and a 7 fish possession limit for tilefish; use our saltwater fishing rules page to check on current recreational fishing rules, citation sizes and state records. [Online No-Cost Permit Process | VMRC License Agent Locations | Add Un-Registered Vessel Form | Paper Harvest Reporting Form | SWJ Online Reporting System | Saltwater Fishing Rules | Tilefish-Grouper Regulation]

June 10, 2015: 
Accurate accounting of Trophy Striped Bass caught during the spring season is essential to maintaining this fishery. All trophy permittees are urged to report their trophy striper activity, including a report of no fishing if the permittee was unable to fish this year.  Please review the following trophy striped bass FAQ to see your reporting options.  [Trophy Striped Bass FAQ]

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Shark Identification Information (shark regulations vary by species, shark species can be difficult to differentiate, please visit this link to learn more on how to properly identify the species of sharks).

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Get your Saltwater Fishing License Online!

Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licensing Agents

Saltwater License Development Fund Website with Recreational Fishing Information

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Trophy Striped Bass Online Harvest Report Form

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Public Access Fishing Sites



VA Stranding Team Hotline
(757) 385-7575 [Website | What to do about a stranded marine animal?]

Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline
(888) 238-6154 [Website | Map | Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force ]

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