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fishing at sunset History and Mission Statement of the Potomac River Fisheries Commission: The states of Maryland and Virginia are both vitally interested in conserving and improving the valuable fishery resources of the tidewater portion of the Potomac River, maintaining law and order and peace and safety on the river, and recognizing that certain provisions of the Maryland-Virginia Compact of 1785 had become obsolete, agreed in 1958 that such conservation and improvement could be best achieved by a commission comprised of representatives of both Maryland and Virginia. Read more
An Interjurisdictional Report on Tidal Black Bass Fishery Management in the Potomac River: At its December, 2014 quarterly meeting, the Potomac River Fisheries Commission discussed the management of tidal largemouth bass. The Commission received presentations from MD DNR, VADGIF and the District of Columbia. The purpose of the meeting was to provide the Commission with the most recent fisheries management data for largemouth bass in the tidal Potomac from each jurisdiction's scientific staff, while providing an opportunity for the Commission and public to listen and ask questions. See the full report

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largemouth Bass management portion of the meeting

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  • April 16 Spring Striped Bass season for sport and charter fisheries begins in PRFC waters from Rt. 301 Bridge to mouth of Potomac River, 1 fish/person, 35" minimum size through May 15th
  • Commercially caught catfish may be delivered to processors on ice and are not required to be alive on arrival. All catfish are subject to inspection by USDA FSIS staff for suitability for human consumption (not in a state of decomposition)
  • NOAA Chesapeake Bay Program's March newsletter of its Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team can be found here

  • BREAKING - April 13, 2016: Chesapeake Bay Blue Crab Population Increases - The 2016 blue crab winter dredge survey results have been released. The survey indicates a bay-wide crab population of 553 million crabs, a 35-percent increase over last year (2015). This is the fourth highest level in two decades, and builds on last year’s 38-percent increase in abundance. All metrics of the survey improved, including age zero abundance (those crabs spawned in autumn of 2015 and carapace width of <60 mm), age 1+ males and females and spawning age females. The spawning female stock biomass of crabs nearly doubled from 101 to 194 million, but remains below the 215 million target established in 2011. The results suggest a greater availability of harvestable size crabs this year. This news is being well received, but tempered with caution, as we have seen previous WDS results (2012) that did not manifest in increased harvest. PRFC will be convening its Blue Crab Advisory Committee on May the 19th to discuss the results of the survey and any possible management responses. The full commission will then discuss the results at thier June 8th quarterly meeting.
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission coordinates regulations with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC) and the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, (DGIF) and with the other Atlantic coastal states through the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC).