Capt. Wells Brand Scallops | Seaford, Virginia


For four generations, the Wells name has been synonymous with freshness and quality. The family-owned business, Wells Ice and Cold Storage, enjoys an excellent reputation in the scallop industry.

Captain Wells' father started in the seafood business in the 1920ís, and the Wells family has been involved in the fishing industry for four generations. Bills Wells, Jr., founded Wells Scallop Company in 1979 with his flaghip vessel, the F/V Carolina Queen. Later in the same year, Wells and his partner, V.J. O'Neal, moved to Seaford, Virginia, and formed the Seaford Scallop Company. The company grew quickly and by 1982, operated eighteen vessels and was known as one of the largest scallop fleet operators on the East Coast.

In 1988, Mr. Wells and his son, Bill Wells III, formed Wells Ice and Cold Storage and began processing scallops themselves at a new facility in Seaford. Mr. Wells also bought out his partner and sold a portion of his fleet to eight independent contractors who continue to sell their catch to Capt. Wells. There are currently four vessels producing frozen-at-sea scallops and nine "wet" (fresh scallop) boats offloading at the Wells' facility.

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