image: bears on salt marsh and meadow.

North Carolina Sea Grant’s flagship publication has received two dozen honors since 2018.

Welcome to Coastwatch, North Carolina Sea Grant’s flagship print and digital publication. For over four decades, this award-winning magazine has brought the latest science and news to readers who love our coast.

Our compelling articles and captivating photography offer new insights and perspectives on North Carolina’s coastal communities, our emerging blue economy, the amazing plant and animal life in our ecosystems, and much more.

Most of our readers hail from our home state, but our audience spans the Southeast, the nation, and the globe.

As North Carolina’s population continues to grow and diversify, our relevance in the state increasingly will rely on how well we embody diversity, equity, inclusion, justice, and accessibility in our editorial vision.

In addition, we don’t publish advertisements for products or services. Science, expertise, community knowledge, and a love of the coast are our editorial guides.

The best way to enjoy Coastwatch is in print. You can discover why the NC Association of Government Information Officers awarded Coastwatch first prize for print publications when you subscribe here.

For no charge, you also can read Coastwatch online by subject and by issue. And you can always find the current issue here.

The Coastwatch masthead includes short bios and information about our editorial team. Contact us with questions, requests, and story ideas.

lead photo by Daniel Pullen.