Aquaculture Program

Seawater System

The UNCW Aquaculture Facility has direct access to high quality seawater from Bank's Channel, a protected channel that is continually flushed from a natural ocean inlet. Bank's Channel and surrounding waters are designated as "Outstanding Resource Waters" by the state of North Carolina and are protected for recreational and shellfishing purposes. Seasonal seawater temperatures range from about 5°C to 30°C, with a year round average of about 20°C, making this region suitable for research with a variety of tropical, subtropical, and temperate marine species.

The seawater supply system consists of:

  • (2) 30 hp pumps
  • (2) 23,000 gallon unfiltered water storage tanks
  • 40-micron sand filter
  • 1,000 gallon filtered water storage tank
  • 195 watt ultraviolet sterilizer
  • 1500 gallon liquid oxygen station

20,000 gallon seawater storage tanks
20,000 gal seawater storage tanks.

liquid oxygen tank
Liquid oxygen tank.

atlantic coast from wb to cape fear river showing masonboro inlet
Aerial map from Wrightsville Beach, NC to Cape Fear River, showing
Masonboro Inlet.

bank's channel
Bank's Channel.