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.

Northern Snakehead
Invasive specie

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.

NOTICE

The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) will conduct a public hearing on the Striped bass Draft Addendum IV on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 6:00 PM at PRFC headquarters, located at 222 Taylor Street, Colonial Beach, VA 22443. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend and provide comments on the draft Addendum.

Fishing the Tidal Potomac

The tidal Potomac River offers some of the finest fishing, crabbing and shell fishing on the Atlantic coast.