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IMPORTANT: The following table contains links to the full text of the current regulations established by the VMRC. The texts of our regulations have been provided for reference only; summaries of current restrictions have also been posted and are much easier to understand than the underlying regulations. The regulation summaries are available at the following links:

Saltwater Recreational Hook & Line Fishing
Saltwater Recreational Hook & Line Fishing Licensing Requirements
Recreational Crabbing & Non-hook & line Fishing
Spearfishing Restrictions
MRC Licenses
Commercial Permits

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REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

 

4 VAC 20-60-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Display of License to Catch Finfish or Crabs

08/01/95

   

4 VAC 20-610-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Commercial Fishing and Mandatory Harvest Reporting 12/01/13

 

4 VAC 20-670-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Recreational Gear Licenses

06/01/09

 

4 VAC 20-730-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Nonresident Harvesters License Fee

12/01/05

 

4 VAC 20-754-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Importation of Fish, Shellfish or Crustacea

11/27/02

 

4 VAC 20-920-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Landing Licenses

12/01/10
  4 VAC 20-1045-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Establishment of Restricted Areas

10/01/04

  4 VAC 20-1050-10 ET SEQ.

Restricted area at Huntington Ingalls Industries/Newport News Shipbuilding Company

07/26/11
  4 VAC 20-1060-10 ET SEQ.

Restricted area at Dominion Power/Nuclear Power Station

02/1/11
    4 VAC 20-1065-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Establishment of Restricted Area - Plum Tree Island Wildlife Refuge Range

02/01/05

  

4 VAC 20-1090-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Licensing Requirements and License Fees

07/01/13
    4 VAC 20-1150-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Charter Boat and Head Boat Fisheries

08/01/08
   

4 VAC 20-1170-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to requirements related to the purchase of fish, from the catcher

12/01/08

     4VAC20-1240-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Fisherman Identification Program 03/01/12

Clam

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

 

4 VAC 20-70-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Harvesting of Clams

2/01/07

 

4 VAC 20-100-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Clams on Seaside of Eastern Shore

08/01/95 

 

4 VAC 20-230-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Harvesting of Surf Clams

12/01/05

 

4 VAC 20-560-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Shellfish Management Areas 

09/01/12

   4 VAC 20-561-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Hampton Flats Hard Clam Harvest Area  08/16/01
 

4 VAC 20-566-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Hampton Roads Shellfish Relay Area 08/01/06

 

4 VAC 20-590-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Hard Clams

04/14/95

Crab

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

 

4 VAC 20-30-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Licensing of Crab Traps and Pounds

08/01/95

 Repealed

4 VAC 20-40-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crab Catch Limits

04/30/08

 Repealed

4 VAC 20-90-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Dredging for Crabs

04/30/08

 

4 VAC 20-140-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Identification of Crab Pots, Peeler Pots, and Fish Pots

10/1/11

 

4 VAC 20-240-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Tangier Island Crab Scrape Sanctuary

05/01/97

   

4 VAC 20-270-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crabbing

11/21/13


Repealed

4 VAC 20-300-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crab Catch Limits

11/27/12

 

4 VAC 20-370-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Culling of Crabs

06/01/10

 

4 VAC 20-460-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Use of Crab Traps and Pounds

03/02/95

 

4 VAC 20-700-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crab Pots

03/01/09

Repealed

4 VAC 20-750-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crab Dredge License Sales

04/30/08

   

4 VAC 20-752-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Blue Crab Sanctuaries

11/30/12

 

4 VAC 20-880-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Hard Crab Pot Limits

06/01/09

 

4 VAC 20-1040-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Crabbing Licenses

10/01/11

  

4 VAC 20-1140-10 ET SEQ.

Prohibition of Crab Dredging in Virginia Waters

11/30/12

Repealed 4 VAC 20-1210-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to a Blue Crab Sanctuary 11/30/12

Finfish

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

     

4 VAC 20-10-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Fishing in Broad & Linkhorn Bays

08/01/95

   4 VAC 20-20-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Licensing of Fixed Fishing Devices 07/16/10

4 VAC 20-25-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Pound Net Siting Public Interest Review

12/01/04

 

4 VAC 20-80-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Setting of Fishing Devices Proximate to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel

07/29/05

 

4 VAC 20-140-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Identification and Location of Crab Pots, Peeler Pots, Fish Pots

10/1/11

 

4 VAC 20-170-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Removal of Nets 

05/01/05

 

4 VAC 20-190-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Measuring Mesh Size of Menhaden Nets

08/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-220-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Finfish by Gill Nets

07/01/95

   4 VAC 20-252-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Taking of Striped Bass 01/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-280-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Speckled Trout and Red Drum

04/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-320-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Black Drum

06/01/09

 

4 VAC 20-350-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Prohibiting the Sale of Billfish

07/01/95

   

4 VAC 20-380-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Grey Trout (Weakfish)

05/01/10

 

4 VAC 20-420-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Use of Trawls in the Territorial Sea

04/13/95

   

4 VAC 20-430-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Marking and Minimum Mesh Size of Gill Nets

01/01/12

 

4 VAC 20-450-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Bluefish

07/01/13

 

4 VAC 20-470-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Hampton Roads Management Area

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-480-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Eastern Shore Bayside Management Areas

07/01/95

  

4 VAC 20-490-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Sharks

03/1/14

  

4 VAC 20-500-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Catching of Eels

01/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-510-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Amberjack and Cobia

04/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-530-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to American Shad

03/01/13

 

4 VAC 20-540-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Spanish and King Mackerel

06/01/12

 

4 VAC 20-550-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Removal of Gill Nets and Other Non-Fixed Finfishing Gear

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-570-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Use of Firearms to Take Fish

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-580-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Alteration of Finfish

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-600-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Pound Net License Sales

06/26/97

Emergency

4 VAC 20-620-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Summer Flounder

04/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-620-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Summer Flounder

03/31/14

 

4 VAC 20-680-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Gill Nets

04/14/95

 

4 VAC 20-740-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Snagging of Fish

04/12/95

        

4 VAC 20-751-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Setting and Mesh Size of Gill Nets

01/01/13

 

4 VAC 20-755-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Artificial Reefs

09/01/07

 

4 VAC 20-910-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Scup (Porgy)

02/29/12

 

4 VAC 20-920-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Landing Licenses 12/01/10
4 VAC 20-950-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Black Sea Bass 04/01/14
  

4 VAC 20-960-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Tautog

01/01/13

 

4 VAC 20-970-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Spadefish

01/01/02

 

4 VAC 20-995-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Commercial Hook-and-Line Fishing

12/01/10

 

4 VAC 20-1070-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Haul Seines

08/28/09

 

4 VAC 20-1080-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Monkfish (Goosefish)

05/01/05

 

4 VAC 20-1110-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Sheepshead

05/01/07

 

4 VAC 20-1120-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Tilefish and Groupers

05/1/12

 

4 VAC 20-1180-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Fishing Guides

12/01/09

  4 VAC 20-1190-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Gill Net Control Date, Limited Entry, and Transfers 1/01/10
     4 VAC 20-1220-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Separation Between Nets 09/01/09
     4 VAC 20-1260-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to River Herring 03/29/12
4 VAC 20-1270-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Atlantic Menhaden 04/01/13

Habitat

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

    Wetlands Guidelines 09/01/93

 

4 VAC 20-120-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Promulgation of a Public Notice on Applications to Encroach In, On, or Over Subaqueous Lands of the Commonwealth

03/01/83

  4 VAC 20-333-10 ET SEQ. Virginia General Permit for Projects undertaken by the Virginia Department of Transportation In, On or Over State-Owned Subaqueous Lands Anywhere Within the Commonwealth. 07/06/99

 

4 VAC 20-335-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to On-Bottom Shellfish Aquaculture Activities

01/01/98

 

4 VAC 20-336-10 ET SEQ.

General Permit for Noncommercial Riparian Shellfish Growing (I.E. "Gardening") Activities

01/01/98

  4 VAC 20-337-10 ET SEQ Submerged Aquatic Vegetation (SAV) Transplantation Guidelines 11/01/00

 

4 VAC 20-340-10 ET SEQ.

Public Participation Guidelines

06/30/93

 

4 VAC 20-345-10 ET SEQ.

General Wetlands Permit for Emergency Situations

03/01/98

 

4 VAC 20-360-10 ET SEQ.

Criteria for the Siting of Marinas or Community Facilities for Boat Mooring

06/07/88

 

4 VAC 20-390-10 ET SEQ.

Wetlands Mitigation-Compensation Policy

07/01/05

 


Guidelines for the Establishment, Use and Operation of Tidal Wetland Mitigation Banks in Virginia

01/01/98

  4 VAC 20-395-10 ET SEQ.
GENERAL PERMIT #6 FOR Emergency Situations and Water Quality Improvement Projects in non-tidal waterways. 06/30/09
  4 VAC 20-398-10 ET SEQ.
BALLAST WATER DISCHARGE REPORTING 11/01/01

 

4 VAC 20-400-10 ET SEQ.

Criteria for the Placement of Sandy Dredged Material along Beaches in the Commonwealth

08/02/89

 

4 VAC 20-440-10 ET SEQ.

Coastal Primary Sand Dune / Reaches Guidelines: Barrier Island Policy

10/24/90

    Coastal Primary Sand Dunes Beaches  Guidelines 09/01/93

 

4 VAC 20-1030-10 ET SEQ.

Management Plan for the Ungranted State Lands in Accomack and Northampton Counties

03/15/99

    Subaqueous Guidelines 11/05
 

RESCINDED JULY 6, 2006

Private Pier Guidance Criteria 11/05
    Rent and Royalty Schedule 12/01/05
    Guidance for Civil Charge Assessments Pursant 28.2-1213 Code of Virginia 03/27/12

Oyster

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

Repealed

4 VAC 20-200-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Requirements for Reporting Oyster Transactions and Payment of Taxes

07/01/13

  

4 VAC 20-260-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Designation of Seed Areas and Clean Cull Areas

02/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-290-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Marking of Leased Oyster Planting Ground

08/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-650-10 ET SEQ.

Establishment of Oyster Sanctuary Areas

10/01/10

  4 VAC 20-1200-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Special Relay Season in the Rappahannock river 4/01/09
4 VAC 20-720-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Restrictions on Oyster Harvest 11/01/13

Shellfish Mix

REGULATION #

TITLE

EFFECTIVE

 

4 VAC 20-110-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Lobsters

9/01/12

 

4 VAC 20-130-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Prohibited Areas for the Use of Patent Tongs

08/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-150-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Dredging of Conchs (Also known as Whelks) 01/01/08

 

4 VAC 20-310-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Relaying of Shellfish

03/01/07

 

4 VAC 20-330-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Taking of Shellfish from Condemned Areas

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-410-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Use of Patent Tongs

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-520-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to the Use of Patent Tongs

07/01/95

 

4 VAC 20-890-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Channeled Whelk

07/01/07

    4 VAC 20-900-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Horseshoe Crab 04/01/14

 

4 VAC 20-980-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to On-Shore Loading and Unloading of Shellfish from Condemned Areas

05/30/97

 

4 VAC 20-1010-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Dredging in Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

01/30/98

 

4 VAC 20-1020-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Bay Scallops

02/01/99

 

4 VAC 20-1100-10 ET SEQ.

Pertaining to Shellfish Handling

07/01/06

     

4 VAC 20-1130-10 ET SEQ.

General Permit #4 for Temporary Protective Enclosures for Shellfish

12/01/07

   4 VAC 20-1230-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to Restrictions on Shellfish 05/31/12

  

4 VAC 20-1250-10 ET SEQ. Pertaining to the Tagging of Shellfish 05/31/12

Revised April 1, 2014



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