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


The Virginia Charter Boat Workshop will be held at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science on Saturday, March 10, 2012. The workshop will focus on charter business management with sessions on fisheries management, legal issues, insurance needs, marketing and finance tips and lessons learned from current charter operators.  The workshop is open to all charter and head boat operators and marina professionals.


The registration form is available online: .  Registration cost for the workshop is $15 and will cover lunch and resource materials.  The registration deadline is Friday, March 2, 2012.  On-site registration will be limited and will increase to $30 the day of the workshop.