Chief of Admin and Finance Management
Note as of May 2020, MRC Chief of Marine Police position is vacant. Click here for more information on the Law Enforcement Division.
The Fish Commission, which at that time dealt with both fresh and saltwater fisheries issues, was consolidated with the Board of the Chesapeake in 1898 to form the Board of Fisheries, later the Commission of Fisheries, which was given the task of managing all shellfish and finfish issues statewide.
The Habitat Management Division of the Commission traces its origin to 1962 when the responsibility for permit encroachments in or over State-owned submerged lands was transferred from the Office of the Attorney General to the Commission of Fisheries. This made marine management in Virginia unique in that living resources, and the habitat on which they depend, came under the jurisdiction of the same agency.
A legislative study commission in 1967 recommended a broadened
mission resulting in the agency being renamed the Virginia Marine
Resources Commission in 1968 by an act of the Virginia General
Assembly. The Virginia Wetlands Act was passed in 1972 and placed
under the management of VMRC, as was the 1980 Coastal Primary
Sand Dune Protection Act. In 1982, the General Assembly broadened
the 1972 Wetlands Act to include non-vegetated wetlands. In 1984,
a distinct Fisheries Management Division was created and its authority
over fisheries issues was strengthened.