Pamlico Sound

Estuaries Research

Location

The Albermarle-Pamlico Sound is located in North Carolina and is the second largest estuary in the US.

Importance of estuaries

  • The Albermarle-Pamlico Sound supports a variety of habitats (wetlands, rivers, and creeks.)
  • Help control erosion and reduce flooding of the mainland
  • The Albermale- Pamlico estuarine system is economically important to the region. - Commercial fishing, tourism, recreation, and resort development
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Animals found in the Albemarle- Pamlico Sound

  • Anadromous fish
  • Striped bass
  • Shad
  • Herring
  • Shellfish

River basins that feed into the Albemarle- Pamlico Sound

  • Chowan
  • Roanoke
  • Pasquotank
  • Tar-Pamlico
  • Neuse

Threats to the Albemarle- Pamlico Sound

  • Excessive Nutrients
  • Toxic Materials
  • Erosion and Sedimentation
  • Habitat Loss