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
Commercial Hook & Line Drawing Winner - Ashley Ackerman of King George, Virginia
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission voted in favor to open Horseshoe and Pope's Creek oyster bars to hand scraping M-F starting Thursday, February 18, 2016 through February 29, 2016. Click here for order and maps
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission voted in favor to open Swan Point, Yellow Banks and Natural oyster bars to hand scraping M-F starting Tuesday, March 1, 2016 through March 31, 2016. More information on both openings will be posted shortly. Click here for order and maps
All buyers of PRFC harvested oysters must possess a valid PRFC oyster buyers's license.
Bushel limits are 8/person/day and 16/boat/day with 2 licensed oyster harvesters.
BREAKING - THE POTOMAC RIVER FISHERIES COMMISSION HAS CLOSED THE FOLLOWING LOWER RIVER OYSTER BARS TO ALL HARVEST (ALL GEARS) IN THE 2015-2016 SEASON: CORNFIELD HARBOR, JONES SHORE, KITT'S POINT, ST. GEORGE'S ISLAND, PINEY POINT HOLLOW AND TALL TIMBERS. Please see the attached order and map of the closed area at: Emergency Order 2015-16
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).