Pamlico Sound

The largest estuary in North Carolina!

Located in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina

Estuaries contain more life per square inch than the richest farmland and deepest forests!

Estuaries are important for many reasons!

Estuaries act as a filter for pollutants such as herbicides, pesticides, and heavy metals. Estuaries are also one of the most important ecosystem areas, as thousands of different species can rely on the pristine waters and nutrients they provide.

Animals found in this Estuary

Fin whales, great white sharks, orca whales, dolphins, sea turtles, blue crab, shrimp, etc.

Rivers that lead into Pamlico Sound

The Chowan, Pasquotank, Tar-Pamlico, and Neuse are five major river basins that flow into the Estuary.

Threats to Pamlico Sound

The area is faced with many complex problems. The estuary is made worse by the increasing pressures of population growth in the watershed. Each problem alone is troublesome, but together they can harm the Sounds and their resources if we do not help. Toxic materials leaking into the estuary, erosion, sedimentation, habitat loss, etc are all major threats to Pamlico Sound.