Explore the North Carolina coast with Coastwatch, the flagship publication of North Carolina Sea Grant.

Started in the early 1980s as a newsletter, this award-winning publication has evolved into a full-color magazine that delights and educates all who love our coast.

Articles highlight the latest in coastal science and technology, experience coastal communities and appreciate coastal heritage — all through compelling articles and captivating photography.

Our subscriber base spreads throughout North Carolina and the Southeast across the nation to Alaska, Maine and California.

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Our Focus

Written by Sea Grant’s editors, fellows, interns and top-notch freelancers, Coastwatch stories focus on Sea Grant-related research and outreach efforts in education, coastal communities and maritime heritage.

As a publication of North Carolina Sea Grant, a federal and state partnership program, we do not print advertisements for products or services. At times, certain community events involving Sea Grant staff or research are announced in our Tidings section at the front of the magazine.