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[photo, Fishermen on Potomac River near Point of Rocks Bridge, Point of Rocks, Maryland] William L. Rice, Sr., Maryland, Chair (chosen by Commission in Feb., 1-year term), 2009

Maryland members appointed by Governor with Senate advice & consent to 4-year terms: Dennis C. Fleming, 2011; Robert H. Bowes, 2013; William L. Rice, Sr., 2013.

Ex officio: John R. Griffin, Secretary of Natural Resources

Kirby A. Carpenter, Executive Secretary

Fishermen on Potomac River near Point of Rocks Bridge, Point of Rocks, Maryland, October 2003. Photo by Diane F. Evartt.

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222 Taylor St., Colonial Beach, VA 22443 - 0009
(804) 224-7148; 1-800-266-3904 (toll free); fax: (804) 224-2712

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission operates under the Potomac River Compact of 1958, authorized by Congress. Maryland ratified the Compact in 1959 (Chapter 269, Acts of 1959). The Commission is a semi-autonomous agency, but its work and policies are coordinated closely with the Fisheries Service of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the Marine Resources Commission of Virginia. Fishery agencies of both states provide law enforcement on the Potomac River for the Commission.

The Potomac River Fisheries Commission works to conserve and improve seafood resources of the Potomac River. The Commission also regulates and licenses fisheries and the dredging of soft-shell clams in the Potomac River. From the sale of crab, oyster, fish and clam licenses, and an oyster inspection tax, the Commission receives proceeds. Annually, each state appropriates $175,000 to Commission work.

Eight members constitute the Commission. Four are from Maryland, and four from Virginia. Maryland members are the Secretary of Natural Resources or designee and three persons named to four-year terms by the Governor (Code Natural Resources Article, sec. 4-306).

The Commission has three advisory committees whose members are private citizens involved in commercial or recreational fishing. Appointed to four-year terms by the Commission, they make recommendations to the Commission on modifications of regulations, licensing, or other issues.

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