OCEAN CITY, Md.- With just two days left in the White Marlin Open, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started dredging the inlet in Ocean City this Thursday.
“It’s an inconvenience,” says Mark Hoos, captain of the charter boat MARLI from Ocean City.
The dredging is being done to address sediment accumulation in an important navigation channel used by commercial fisherman and recreational boaters.
Hoos, like many others in Ocean City, agrees that the dredging is necessary but wishes for better timing.
“I know we needed I’m glad they’re here,” says Hoos. “A lot of clam boats have moved out to Atlantic City because of the depth of the inlet and now it kind of started hindering the sports fishing, we had several boats bump bottom this week because of the shallow hump there right in the inlet. I just wish they would have picked a different week.”
Others like captain Mark Sampson, with the charter boat Fish Finder, believe the dredging shouldn’t cause too much of an inconvenience because most of the boaters are experienced.
“These guys know what they’re doing,” says Sampson. “As far as I know the Army Corps should be done dredging by the time most boats return from the ocean.”