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Potomac River Fisheries Commission prepares for 2014 and beyond

Posted on Monday, January 20, 2014 at 11:00 am

At the December quarterly Potomac River Fisheries Commission (PRFC) meeting many new regulations, dates and limits were set for the 2014 fishing seasons. Many of the new regulations pertain to oyster fishing and buying.

Kyle Schick at the Potomac River Fisheries Commission meeting.

Kyle Schick at the Potomac River Fisheries Commission meeting.

Prior to discussing new regulations, PRFC chair Dennis Fleming presented former commissioner Kyle Schick of Colonial Beach a resolution of appreciation for his years of serving the commission as vice-chair and commissioner. Robert Bowes, who was absent, and the family of the late Joseph Palmer, were presented resolutions of appreciation for their time on the commission as well.

As of April 1st, 2014 all oysters caught in the Potomac River must now be placed in baskets while on board the boat. These baskets, known by other names such as shrimp baskets, or fish baskets must meet specific size mandates. The following dimensions, measured from inside the basket are: 16.5 inches top diameter, 13.5 inches bottom diameter, and 14.5 inches in height.

The baskets must be a round container with open mesh (straight) sides and have a porous bottom mde of smooth non-toxic materials. This change brings Potomac River regulations in line with Maryland and Virginia water oyster requirements.