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Rules and Regulations



  • Attention all oyster harvesters: You are required to call in your daily daily catch by 4 PM to the following number: 804-742-0174

  • The following Oyster Special Management Areas (SMAs) are closed to all harvest: Pascahanna Bar SMA, Bluff Point Bar SMA, Green Hill Bar SMA, Old Farms Bar SMA and Gum Bar SMA

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  • PRFC launches new website feature, atlas to fisheries related resources in the tidal Potomac watershed.

  • Attention Blue Catfish commercial harvesters. The following letter was sent out to fish trot line and fish pot licensees to allow them to identify prospective buyers of commercially caught Blue Catfish in PRFC waters. This list includes those buyers we are aware of, but there may be others. We can add others to the list if their information is made available to us.

PRFC History
and Mission Statement

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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