North Carolina Sea Grant provides a wide range of information to help the public understand the complex interaction between people and coastal resources. We publish several magazines and newsletters regularly.

Search our publications on a wide variety of topics. In addition, many of our documents are available from the National Sea Grant Library Database.

Major Publications

Coastwatch Magazine

North Carolina Sea Grant publishes this award-winning, full-color magazine four times a year. Articles highlight the latest in coastal science and technology, coastal communities, and coastal heritage through compelling articles and captivating photography.

Legal Tides

Legal Tides is the official newsletter of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center. It is available online and in hard copy. To receive issues in the mail or by email, contact Jack Thigpen at 919-515-3012 or

Scotch Bonnet

Scotch Bonnet is an online publication for teachers and nonformal educators, written by marine education specialist Terri Kirby Hathaway. To subscribe to the Scotch Bonnet listserv be notified when there is a new issue, contact Hathaway at or 252-475-5486.

Other Publications

For past issues of former newsletters, including Tidelines, Marine Extension News, Waterwise and Marine Grapevine, contact Katie Mosher at or 919-515-9069.


North Carolina Sea Grant maintains two blogs — one on coastal issues and another on cooking seafood.

Coastwatch Currents

Find out what members of North Carolina’s staff are doing on the Coastwatch Currents blog. A rotating roster of contributors will give readers a glimpse into different aspects of our work.

Mariner’s Menu

The Mariner’s Menu blog, based on Joyce Taylor’s popular book of the same name, offers consumers a new way to get seafood recipes, learn about local fisheries and traditions, and stay up to date on safety, handling and preparation tips.