March 26, 2015: Effective 6:00 P.M., Eastern Daylight Time (EDT), Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Directed Virginia Offshore Summer Flounder Fishery will close [ Closure Notice ]March 24, 2015: The Commission voted unanimously yesterday to roll back a license fee increase that was enacted in January because of a budget reduction. However, the new state budget passed several weeks ago gives the Virginia Marine Resources Commission sufficient funds to offset the budget reduction. As a result, the license increase is no longer necessary. While the new state budget goes into effect July 1, the Commission felt it was important to roll back the license increase now in order to save anglers money right away. [License Fee Rollback] [March Commission Actions] [Letter to Commercial Industry on Striped Bass Size Limits]
Because some harvesters use barrels rather than bushels, the Commission defined a barrel to be equivalent in volume to no more than 3 bushels of crabs.
Bushel limits after July 4, 2015 will be established by the Commission during the spring of 2015. This spring time-table will allow the most up-to-date results of the 2014/2015 Bay-wide Winter Dredge Survey to be available to develop sustainable bushel limits.
March 12, 2015: Anglers Reel-in over 5000 Citations in 2014 ! Check out the 2014 Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament closing press release for more statistics on trophy fish caught in 2014. [Closing Press Release] [Summary] [2014 Leading Entries] [Tournament Page]March 6, 2015: The Virginia Marine Resources Commission invites public comment on the establishment of amendments to regulations, as proposed [Notice]
EMERGENCY REGULATION 4 VAC 20-252-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO THE TAKING OF STRIPED BASS" (effective 03/26/2015)
EMERGENCY REGULATION 4 VAC 20-252-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO THE TAKING OF STRIPED BASS" (effective 03/30/2015)
EMERGENCY REGULATION 4 VAC 20-751-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO THE SETTING AND MESH SIZE OF GILL NETS"
REGULATION 4VAC20-270-10 ET SEQ. “PERTAINING TO CRABBING”
REGULATION 4 VAC 20-450-10, ET SEQ "PERTAINING TO TAKING OF BLUE FISH"
REGULATION 4VAC20-610-10 ET SEQ. “PERTAINING TO COMMERCIAL FISHING AND MANDATORY HARVEST REPORTING”
REGULATION 4 VAC20-620-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO SUMMER FLOUNDER"
EMERGENCY REGULATION 4 VAC 20-720-10 ET SEQ. "PERTAINING TO RESTRICTIONS ON OYSTER HARVEST"