Scallop Boats Leaving Chincoteague?

As of March 1, 2007, the Elephant Trunk area off the New Jersey coast will be opening to scallop harvesting. Coinciding with this is expected to be a closure of some of the Virginia waters off Chincoteague to allow scallops to recover from fishing pressure.

This change in regulations is likely to result in many of the scallop boats that have been so common around Chincoteague to move on to other ports. More information on this situation is forthcoming