Pamlico Sound

Leslie Abella

Location

Pamlico Sound stretches from the borders of Manteo and the Dare county Mainland all the to Portsmouth Island and the Cape Lookout National Shore.

http://www.outerbanks.com/pamlico-sound.html

https://cmast.ncsu.edu/cmast-sites/synergy/bluecrab/bscrab.html

Organisms

Organisms found here are dolphins, sea turtles, harp seals, fin whales, and red drum fish.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pamlico_Sound

http://dnr2.maryland.gov/Fisheries/Pages/Fish-Facts.aspx?fishname=Red%20Drum

Importance of estuaries

Estuaries provide critical habitats for species that are valued commercially, recreationally, and culturally. They provide stopovers for migratory bird species and are often the economic centers of coastal communities.They are also important centers of transportation and international commerce.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/estuaries/estuaries02_economy.html

http://geowiki.ucdavis.edu/Oceanography/09%3A_Coastal_Processes/9.1_Estuaries

Threats and Facts

Toxic chemicals, erosion and sedimentation, habitat loss, and excessive nutrients are problems that Pamlico Sound is faced with. Oregon inlet, Hatteras inlet, and the Ocracoke inlet all feed into the Pamlico Sound.

http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/news/weeklynews/mar09/estuariesgame.html

http://www.fws.gov/nc-es/edout/albewhatwrong.html

http://www.outerbanks.com/pamlico-sound.html