Center for Marine Science

CMS Research :: NC National Estuarine Research Reserve

In 1982, the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (NCNERR) was established to preserve these valuable habitats for long-term research, monitoring, education, and other compatible uses. The NCNERR consists of four separate components, Currituck Banks, Rachel Carson, Masonboro Island, and Zeke's Island. As part of a national system of estuarine reserves, these sites are managed by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Division of Coastal Management, as a resource for all its citizens. It is necessary to preserve and learn how to best manage these sites because of the many benefits these estuaries provide.

Wilmington office contacts

Byron Toothman
Research Biologist
toothmanb AT uncw DOT edu

Heather Wells
Research Biologist
wellsh AT uncw DOT edu