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North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve

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North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve

North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve
Buchanan Battery at Zeke's Island
Location North Carolina
Area 10,000 acres (4,000 ha)
Established 1982

The estuarine system of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve is the third largest in the country, encompassing more the 10,000 acres (4,000 ha). This system is of prime economic importance to the coastal area—90 percent of the commercial seafood species caught in the state spends at least part of their lives in an estuary. The North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve was established to preserve these fragile natural areas and the variety of life they support.

The state is representative of two major biogeographic regions located north (Virginian) and south (Carolinian) of Cape Hatteras. Therefore, NOAA and the state of North Carolina created a multi-component reserve with the following sites: Currituck Banks (960 acres near Corolla), Rachel Carson (2,625 acres near Beaufort), [[Masonboro

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