Chilmark has joined Edgartown in seeking to extend its commercial scalloping season to make up for lost fishing days this year. Shellfishing around the Island took a major hit following winter storms in January and February and a long cold spell during which Island ponds iced over.

At a brief meeting Tuesday, the town selectmen voted unanimously to extend the season two weeks, to April 17. Shellfish constable Isaiah Scheffer has estimated that another 250 bushels of scallops could result from the extended season, according to a letter from executive secretary Tim Carroll to the Division of Marine Fisheries.

The selectmen waived a requirement for a new scalloping license for the extended period. The town must still receive state approval for the extension, but has already been in touch with the DMF, selectman Warren Doty said. “We expect them to approve this,” he said.

In Edgartown, the selectmen voted to extend the scalloping season to April 15, despite an improvement over last year’s season. Edgartown shellfish constable Paul Bagnall said he expected to receive state approval this week. Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs chose not to extend their seasons, and the season in Aquinnah was canceled in November to protect the young scallops.

In other business in Chilmark on Tuesday, the selectmen met privately with town counsel Ronald H. Rappaport to discuss issues surrounding multiple land acquisitions.