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Fisherman Identification Progam
Artificial Reefs
VA Saltwater Fisherman's Journal

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Commercial Fishing
Saltwater Fishing Tournament
Recycling Fishing Line

Recreational Fishing Regulations

Saltwater Recreational Hook & Line Fishing Regulations

New ! The recreational cobia season starts June 1, 2020. Please visit the following web page for information on permitting and reporting for the 2020 season. [Recreational Cobia Fishing]

Recreational Crabbing

Recreational Shellfishing & Non-Hook & Line Fishing

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).

Recreational Fishing License

Recreational Saltwater Fishing License Requirements

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Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licensing Agents

No Cost Recreational Species Permits - for selected species like cobia a no cost permit may be needed by an angler in addition to their regular paid license.  Use the web link to the left to obtain your free permit.  Note that these permits may only be available during the time of year a specific recreational fishery is occuring.

Saltwater License Development Fund website with Recreational Fishing Information

Other Forms and Regulations

Charter Boat, Commercial Fish Pier or Rental Boat Business in Virginia Tidal Waters

Gill Net Regulations

Spear fishing Restrictions

Fishing Information

2017 Recreational Cobia Reporting Summary

2016 MRC angler survey results

Virginia Recreational Assessment Program

VA Saltwater Journal

Saltwater Gamefish Records

Registering for a Trophy Fish Citation

Commission Newsletters

Saltwater Anglers Guide

Artificial Reef Locations

Handling and Releasing Fish

What You Should Do When You Catch a Tagged Fish

Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program

Boat ramps funded and managed by the Department of Game & Inland Fisheries

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 | Report Form | Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force ]

Boating Safety

US Coast Guard Boating Safety

Other Recreational Info

Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournment

Saltwater Recreational Finfish Landings Statistics from NMFS

Tuna Permit and Fishing Information

Virginia Charter Boat Association

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Fisherman Identification Program
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Recreational Fishing Regulations
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