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Contact Information
Physical Address: 222 Taylor Street
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 9
Colonial Beach, VA 22443

Office: (804) 224-7148
After Hours: (804) 742-0174

Fax: (804) 224-2712
Hours: 8:30 am -- 4:30pm Monday - Friday

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  • Good News! The PRFC now has a way to take your calls after hours and on weekends. If you have a question or concern, please call (804) 742-0174 outside of normal operating hours and leave a short message. Remember to please speak slowly and clearly and leave a call back number. Your call will be returned on the next business day.

  • A new GIS based map highlighting oyster bars and artificial reefs in the Potomac is now available at:

  • Commercial Crabbing Orders
    effective August 7, 2022


  • Date: October 3, 2022 Request for Proposals. PRFC RFP #2022 Bonums Bar Oyster Seed Planting

    The Potomac River Fisheries Commission is seeking proposals to plant James River Oyster Seed on the Bonums Bar Oyster Special Management Area (BB SMA chart below). Time frame is through November 30, 2022. Total volume is up to X number of bushels and not to exceed $50,000 total cost. Prospective proposals will be inclusive of transportation from the James River Seed Production Area to BB SMA and planted in a buoyed, demarcated area. All seed is subject to random seed counts, GPS Tracking, and the PRFC has the right to refuse seed with low seed counts <700 from mortality and other factors.

    Proposals should be sent to:
    no later than 4:30 PM on October 10, 2022

  • The 2022 recreational/charter Summer/Fall season is open from May 16th - July 6th and Aug. 21st - Dec. 31st. The Striped Bass season is closed between July 7th thru Aug. 20th, with no direct targeting of Striped Bass allowed. Please refer to our 2022 "blue sheet" under the recreational tab for size and possession limits.

  • To All Gill Net, Pound Net, and Fyke Net Licensees:
    At this time, we are requesting that all individuals that need to move a current fixed net location, or obtain a new fixed net location, first make an appointment. This appointment request applies to gill nets, fyke nets, or pound nets only. If you walk-in, there may not be a staff member available to complete this transaction. Please call our office at (804) 224-7148, during business hours, M-F, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • You may have noticed that we added a new feature to our website. The PRFC Chat box is now available for you to use during normal PRFC business hours. Designated staff will respond to your chat request as soon as we see it. If we are not available to receive a chat message, or if received over the weekend or on a holiday, please leave your email, inquiry, and phone number if desired, and we will get back to you shortly.

  • Important Notice....New Harry Nice/Mac Middleton Bridge update. Please reference the attached map. Effective immediately (7.16.20), per USCG, an exclusionary zone has been set up for bridge construction activities. All boaters are required to use the main shipping channel for transit up and down river from the bridge(s).

    Map - Click to enlarge

    Additionally, boaters need to remain at least 500 feet north of the existing bridge as indicated by the horizontal red line running across the river and parallel to the existing bridge. Boaters should exercise extreme caution around the four mooring buoys on the map (M1 - M4). Cables run from the mooring buoys to barges and equipment. Any questions related to bridge activities can be directed to 888-994-1415. Calls will be responded to within 24 hours.

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


PRFC Fin Fish Harvest Report