North Carolina Sea Grant helps communities understand coastal science so they can make sound policy decisions that reflect increasing demands on limited coastal resources. We also assist coastal entrepreneurs to develop plans and grow their businesses. Our work involves local, state and federal officials, as well as residents and business owners.
North Carolina Sea Grant is part of the North Carolina Coastal Resources Law, Planning and Policy Center, established in 2004. This interinstitutional center, a collaboration with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law and the UNC-Chapel Hill City and Regional Planning Department, provides timely legal and planning information to coastal managers, communities, businesses and citizens.
The Estuarine Policy Steering Committee was formed to study emerging management and policy issues in coastal areas where fresh and salt waters meet.