The Currituck Banks national estuarine research reserve is located in Northeastern North Carolina just 10 miles from the Virginia border. This 954-acre site is bounded by land owned by The Nature Conservancy and the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
The Cape Hatteras National Seashore, which is 75 miles long and spans 30,000 acres is part of the National Park Service and was the first national seashore in the US. It extends along North Carolina's Outer Banks from South Nags Head to Ocracoke Inlet.
Buxton Woods is a 968-acre coastal reserve located on Hatteras Island. This site is located within the largest maritime forest on the Carolina Coast and is adjacent to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore.
The USS Monitor was found off the North Carolina coast in 1973, more than 100 years after sinking. Designated as the nation's first National Marine Sanctuary shortly after its discovery, the Monitor lies 16 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras in 240 feet of water.
Located in Washington, NC, the NC Estuarium offers more than 200 scientific exhibits related to the ecology of North Carolina's estuaries. The Estuarium is operated by the Partnership for the Sounds.
APNEP's mission is to identify, restore and protect the significant resources of the Albermarle-Pamlico estuarine system. It was established in 1987 as a cooperative effort between NC DENR and US EPA.
East Carolina University, the largest university located on North Carolina's coastal plain, has a rich history in the marine sciences.
To learn more about ECU, and their involvement in the coastal and marine sciences, please visit their landing page.
Established in the early 1980's, the North Carolina Biotechnology Center (NCBC) is responsible for promoting the development of the biotechnology industry statewide. Marine Science is a major focus for the Eastern Office located in Greenville.
Sturgeon City, located in Jacksonville, NC, was created to help restore the Wilson Bay habitat, provide economic redevelopment, and offer environmental education opportunities.
The Carteret County Shore Protection Office is responsible for efforts to preserve and protect the beaches of Carteret County. To learn more, or to access detailed GIS data, please visit their website.