Recreational anglers, tournament participants and fishing guides are being warned to stay away from restricted areas on a Potomac River tributary near the Quantico Marine Base.
The Virginia military facility recently closed a portion of Chopawamsic Creek, citing security and changes to airfield infrastructure.
Maryland and Virginia fisheries managers met with base officers last Wednesday in an attempt to work out a compromise, but left empty handed.
The restricted zone begins north of the base’s old landfill, curves along the western shoreline of Chopawamsic Island and follows the contours of the aviation area about a quarter-mile offshore.(It looks a little like an outline of New Jersey).
Some watermen will have permission to work in the area.
Anglers found within that zones will receive a warning to leave. Failure to follow orders could result in arrest or criminal prosecution.