Virginia Marine Resources Commission- Recreational Fishing

Recreational Fishing Regulations

Saltwater Recreational
Hook & Line Fishing Regulations

Recreational Crabbing and
Non-Hook and Line Fishing Regulations
Identification Information
(shark regulations vary by species, shark species
can be difficult to differentiate, please visit this link to learn more on how
to properly identify the species of sharks).

Recreational Fishing License

Recreational Saltwater
Fishing License Requirements

your Saltwater Fishing License Online!

Recreational Saltwater Fishing Licensing Agents

No Cost
Recreational Species Permits
– for selected species like cobia a no cost permit may be needed by an angler in
addition to their regular paid license.  Use the web link to the left to
obtain your free permit.  Note that these permits may only be available
during the time of year a specific recreational fishery is occuring.

Saltwater License Development Fund website with Recreational Fishing Information

Other Forms and Regulations

Charter Boat, Commercial Fish Pier or Rental Boat Business in Virginia Tidal WatersGill Net RegulationsSpear fishing Restrictions

Fishing Information

Recreational Cobia Reporting Summary

2016 MRC angler survey results

Virginia Recreational Assessment

VA Saltwater JournalSaltwater
Gamefish Records
Registering for a Trophy Fish CitationCommission NewslettersSaltwater Anglers Guide

Artificial Reef Locations

Handling and Releasing Fish

What You Should Do When You Catch a Tagged Fish

Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program

Boat ramps funded and managed by the Department of Game & Inland

Public Access Fishing Sites


VA Stranding Team Hotline
(757) 385-7575 [Website
| What to do about a stranded
marine animal?

Harmful Algal Bloom Hotline
(888) 238-6154 [Website
| Report Form
| Virginia Harmful Algal Bloom Task Force

Boating Safety

US Coast Guard
Boating Safety

Other Recreational Info

Saltwater Recreational Finfish Landings Statistics from NMFSTuna Permit and
Fishing Information
Virginia Charter Boat Association


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