The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound System

by William H. Queen, East Carolina Univ, Greenville, NC, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '87


The Albemarle-Pamlico Sound system is the second largest estuarine system in the United States in areal extent, and the fourth largest in volume. Moreover, it is one of the most important estuarine areas in terms of fisheries production. Nevertheless, scientific studies of this system have been limited. Studies undertaken to date have been concentrated in three tributaries of the system; the Chowan, Pamlico, and Neuse Rivers. Because of the paucity of scientific data on the Albermarle-Pamlico, and the environmental problems that are surfacing as a result of recent development activity, the state of North Carolina and the U. S. Environmental Protection Agency entered into an agreement in 1986 to undertake a major study of this important estuarine system. This article contains a brief overview of the Albemarle-Pamlico system.

Subject Headings: Federal government | Fish management | Rivers and streams | Hydrologic data | Agreements and treaties | Ecosystems | Biological processes | Estuaries | United States | North Carolina

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