Delmarva Charter Boat Resource Page

Sea Grant Marine Advisory Service, College of Earth, Ocean and Environment
Hugh R. Sharp Campus, University of Delaware, 700 Pilottown Road, Lewes, DE 19958

The Delmarva Charter Boat Resource Page is an archive of information about the charter boat industry in the Mid-Atlantic region and sport fishing in Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Developed and maintained by the Delaware Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program Aquaculture & Fisheries Specialist, the page is an expanding list of resources and other useful information. Please direct any questions, suggestions or comments about the Delmarva Charter Boat Resource Page to John W. Ewart     Phone: 302-645-4060; Fax: 302-645-4213.

* State & National Associations * U.S. Coast Guard * Publications & Articles * State & Federal Agencies *
Other Organizations * Research * Online Forums * Other Links * Seminars & Workshops *

State & National Associations

Delaware's Indian River Captain Association

National Association of Charter Boat Operators (NACO)

Maryland Waterman's Association (MWA)

Maryland Charter Boat Association

The Ocean City Captains Association (OCCA)

The Upper Bay Charter Captains Association (UBCCA)

Virginia Charter Boat Association



U.S. Coast Guard/Transportation Security Administration
Transportation Worker Identification Credential (TWIC™)

U.S. Coast Guard
Fifth Coast Guard District - ensures the safety and security of the oceans, coastal areas, and marine transportation system within America’s mid-Atlantic region
    Boat Stations
U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay
U.S. Coast Guard Station St. Inigoes - Guardians of the Potomac

U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Center
United States Coast Guard Reports




Publications, Articles & Web sites
Congress Passes Clean Boating Act National Sea Grant Law Center Fact Sheet MASGLP 09-007-10 (August 2008)
Charter Boat Operator's Guide - Alaska Sea Grant Program
Fishing Business Publications & Videos - Alaska Sea Grant Program
Charter Boat Insurance Basics
2008 Delaware Reef Guide - Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife
Fish News - NOAA Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries Recreational Fishing Page
Maritime Articles from  - is produced by the law firm Lochner Law Firm, P.C., Annapolis, Maryland
Scrombotoxin Poisoning Prevention - Ice Your Fish to Prevent Histamine
Lower Your Fuel Costs - Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
Save Money on Boat Fuel (PDF brochure) - Terry Johnson, Alaska Sea Grant Marine Advisory Program
Fishermen's First Step: Using Less Fuel (PDF article) - Greg Fisk, Seafisk Consulting


State & Federal Agencies
National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service
    NMFS Recreational Fisheries Statistics
Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS)

Atlantic Coastal Cooperative Statistics Program (ACCSP)

United States Fish and Wildlife Service

Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council
Potomac River Fisheries Commission

Delaware Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control, Division of Fish and Wildlife
    Saltwater and Freshwater Fishing Regulations
    Delaware Fishing License Fee FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
   Delaware Code: TITLE 7/Conservation Game/Wildlife and Dogs/CHAPTER 5./LICENSES/Subchapter I./Hunting, Trapping and Fishing Licenses

Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service
    Summaries of Maryland Fishing Rules

Virginia Marine Resources Commission
    Regulation Index

Pennsylvania Fishing Guide/Charter Licensing Program

Other Organizations
Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA)
The National Association of Marine Surveyors (NAMS)
American Fisheries Society
Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay
Chesapeake Bay Program
Estuarine Research Federation


University of Delaware College of Earth, Ocean and Environment (CEOE)
The University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science (UMCES)
Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS)


Online Forums
Beach - Net! Fishing Forum – Saltwater Fishing, Boating and Crabbing



Other Links
Maryland And Virginia Saltwater Fishing - an comprehensive resource page maintained by Craig Banks at
Delaware, Maryland Fishing Center
Delaware Fishing Guide Home Page
Office of Coast Survey On-Line Chart Viewer
US National Biodiesel Board  


Seminars & Workshops

Virginia Charter Boat Workshop Scheduled for March 5th, 2016, in Gloucester Point

The Virginia Charter Boat Workshop will be held on Saturday, March 5th in Gloucester Point, Virginia. The one-day program will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Watermen’s Hall at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, 1208 Great Road, Gloucester Point, Virginia. Organized by the Marine Advisory Program at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) in partnership with the Virginia Charter Boat Association (VCBA), the workshop will highlight charter business management, marketing strategies, maritime legal issues, and fishery resource updates.


“We are excited to offer this program to charter and head boat captains, mates, and marina professionals, in addition to folks interested in entering the charter business,” says Susanna Musick, marine recreation specialist with the VIMS Marine Advisory Program.  “This workshop will provide a great opportunity for Virginia Charter Boat Association members and other captains in the industry to collaborate and learn together. I want to encourage every licensed captain, as well as those persons who might want to become a licensed captain, to attend this workshop and learn how to manage and grow their business.” adds VCBA President Captain Percy Blackburn.

Workshop speakers will be regional professionals in their respective fields.  Participants can look forward to a fisheries keynote address from Robert Beal, Executive Director of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, in addition to talks from the U.S. Coast Guard and legal and marketing experts.   This is a great chance to participate in a program committed to helping the charter boat operator address current topics and challenges in small business management.  Attendance is expected to fill quickly, so advanced registration is strongly encouraged.


The early-bird registration cost for the workshop is $17 per person and will cover all resource materials and lunch. Registration will be limited and the fee will increase to $30 after February 24, 2016.

To register, please make your check payable to “Virginia Institute of Marine Science,” and mail it to: Dianne Roberts, Marine Advisory Program, Virginia Institute of Marine Science, P.O. Box 1346, Gloucester Point, VA  23062.   ATTN: Charter Boat Workshop. The early-bird registration deadline is February 24, 2016.


For a registration form please visit:   or contact Susanna , 804.684.7166.