The Marine Resources Commission manages saltwater fishing and associated habitat, for both recreational and commercial species. Commission staff work to create and maintain sustainable fisheries for the benefit of all anglers and the ecosystem. The Agency also manages water bottoms in public trust for the citizens of the Commonwealth. The Habitat Management Division works with citizens who wish to use water areas for piers or other water dependent projects. All management activity must balance both public and private interests. The Law Enforcement Division, known as the Virginia Marine Police, patrols the waterways to enforce applicable laws and regulations, assists citizens in need, has homeland defense duties at the Ports of Hampton Roads and is part of the State’s emergency preparedness team. Primary statutory authority for the Marine Resources Commission is found in Title 28.2 of the Code of Virginia, entitled Fisheries and Habitat of the Tidal Waters.
Note: Business offices are open 8am-5pm Mon - Fri. Marine Police Emergency is available 24/7 at 800-541-4646.