Estuaries: The Pamlico Sound
Their importance to North Carolina
Pamlico Sound is the largest estuary in North Carolina
It is comprised of Albemarle Sound, Currituck Sound, Croaton Sound, Pamlico Sound, Bogue Sound, Core Sound, and Roanoke Sound.
All of these sounds create the Albemarle-Pamlico sound system which is the second largest estuary in the United States. (Chesapeake Bay being the largest)
The Neuse and Pamlico (also Tar) Rivers feed into the Pamlico estuary.
The Sound attracts all kinds of tourists
In 2012, the Pamlico Sound exceeded $1.3 billion in tourism.
The Sound produces 90% of North Carolina's commercial fish.