Center for Marine Science

CMS :: Facilities

Core Facilities

DNA Analysis
Nutrient Analysis
Oceanographic Instrumentation
Sediment Analysis
Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry (UNC-WIRMS)

CREST Research Park
Diving and Boating Safety
Drone Ops
Instrument Fabrication Shop
Seawater Facilities
Vessel Operations

The original $17.5 million UNCW Center for Marine Science was completed in 2000 with a total of 75,000 square feet of net indoor space including:

  • Teaching auditorium for up to 150 individuals
  • Classrooms and marine science labs
  • Running seawater system which provides raw unfiltered and purified seawater at flow rates up to 600 liters/min.
  • Greenhouse with running seawater
  • Aquarium room and outdoor tanks with running seawater
  • 900-foot pier with docking facilities

In the spring of 2008, the 24,000 square foot addition was completed. This one-story addition with a second floor mechanical loft adds:

  • 37 individual offices
  • Five shops (Dive, Oceanographic Instrumentation with 7,000 gallon seawater test tank, Aquaculture and Boat Repair)
  • Four labs (Instrument Fabrication, Biotechnology (2) and NCNERR)
  • A dive compressor room
  • Conference room with full voice and data capabilities

In the summer of 2010, the $4.3 million 11,000 square foot Shellfish Research Hatchery was completed, and in 2013, the 70,000 square foot Marine Biotechnology building opened.

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