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Protecting the coast

Examining coastal waters

For the past 70 years, the UNC Institute of Marine Sciences has served the state and nation by conducting cutting-edge research, training young scientists, providing expertise to governmental agencies and industry, and promoting new knowledge to inform public policy.

  • 70years of studying North Carolina's coast
  • 60,000square-feet of research facilities in Morehead City
  • 75+ongoing research projects

Tracking sharks in the water

The UNC Institute of Marine Sciences has the country’s oldest, longest-running shark research program. Started in 1971 by Frank Schwartz, researchers have been tagging sharks in North Carolina’s coastal waters for over 40 years to track the shark population.

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