North Carolina Sea Grant provides research, education and outreach opportunities relating to current issues affecting the North Carolina coast and its communities. Since 1970, North Carolina Sea Grant has prided itself on being a valuable resource for scientists, educators, local officials, government agencies, coastal businesses and the public to find unbiased, scientifically sound information about the state’s coastal ecosystems.
North Carolina Sea Grant facilitates funding for millions of dollars of research, outreach and education programs each year. Our initiatives and projects touch a broad range of topics, including fisheries, seafood science and technology, water quality, aquaculture, community development, law and policy, and coastal hazards. Read our mission and vision.
Through a combination of federal and state dollars, we facilitate university-based research to answer complex questions about the state’s diverse coastal ecosystems and meet the needs of coastal communities. This research fuels outreach and education programs that promote discovery, learning, new research and awareness across the state and the nation.
Headquartered at North Carolina State University, we are an inter-institutional program within the University of North Carolina system. Sea Grant has offices in Manteo, Morehead City and Wilmington. Our researchers come from public and private universities across the state. As part of the National Sea Grant Network, we receive funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), through the U.S. Department of Commerce.