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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