The Pamlico Sound

North Carolina's Largest Estuary


The Pamlico Sound is the Old North State's largest estuary. It is separated from the ocean by barrier islands The rivers that flow into the estuary are the Neuse River, Trent River, Tar River and Pamlico Rivers. An estuary is where oceans and rivers meet and form a salt water fresh water mixture known as brackish water.

Why is the Pamlico Sound Important?

In addition to being the largest estuary in North Carolina, the Pamlico Sound is the second largest estuary in the United States. The Pamlico Sound also supports many wildlife habitats including creeks, rivers and wetlands! It holds some of the largest amounts of shellfish and is a huge supplier to many businesses. It is also home to 75 species of marine life's nursuries. It is involved with commercial fishing, tourism and recreational activities.

Wildlife and Geography in the Pamlico Sound

Goodbye Pamlico!

The Pamlico Sound is facing many threats including habitat loss, overfishing and toxic or sewer waste pollution. More and more people are coming and working in the Pamlico Sound and many wildlife habitats and nests are destroyed. This is causing significant population decrease and stress to the animals. We have a responsibility to be ecofriendly citizens and to respect the animals' environment.

Earth and Environmental Science


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