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
Recently, a non-native air breathing freshwater fish known as a Snakehead has
generated national media attention as the latest invasive species to threaten
native fish and wildlife resources and the economic sectors that depend on them.
The Potomac River Fisheries Commission is announcing the closure of all
menhaden fisheries in the Potomac River, effective midnight on August 22, 2013.
The ASMFC mandates that all commercial fisheries be closed for the harvest of
menhaden when the catch limit is met; consequently no commercial fishing gear
(except pound nets) shall harvest any menhaden for the remainder of 2013.
Fishing the Tidal Potomac
The tidal Potomac River offers some of the finest fishing, crabbing and shell
fishing on the Atlantic coast.