NC Fishing Losses To Va. Surpass $4 Million

State officials say North Carolina lost more than $4 million worth of business to Virginia because the Oregon Inlet on the Outer Banks wasn't deep enough for large fishing boats to safely travel through.

The North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries provided economic impact figures to The Associated Press on Tuesday.

More than 1.2 million pounds of flounder and nearly 33,000 pounds of black sea bass had to be sold and processed in Virginia between March 7 and April 15 because sand was filling the inlet faster than the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers could dredge it out.

The navigational channel is being encroached upon by a southward drifting Bodie Island.
North Carolina's summer flounder and black sea bass season ended April 15.

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  • by Bev Location: Engelhard on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:59 PM
    All you commerical Fisherman wives pray, pray, pray that the 3 trawlers make it through the inlet Friday morning safely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Goodluck Guys
  • by Bev Location: Engelhard on Apr 27, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    If your not a commerical fisherman or a fishermans wife keep your comments to yourself and let this fisherman make a living for their families. If your not fussing about the commerical fisherman then it would be why they are on unemployment or why seafood is so high. So get off their backs!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • by fed up Location: a on Apr 27, 2011 at 06:25 AM
    I guess oregon inlet is the only place on the entire n.c. coast that fisherman can go in out of and sell their catch. You keep messing with Mother Nature, sooner or later she's going to nail you.
  • by Mike Location: Edenton on Apr 27, 2011 at 03:43 AM
    $4 million loss.... what are they whining about? It would cost $40 million or more to open a channel big enough. What kind of economics is that?? Oh yeah... the tax and spend kind!

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