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Coastal Management - Coastal Facts

Coastal Management

Coastal Facts

Beaufort

Hertford

Bertie

Hyde

Brunswick

New Hanover

Camden

Onslow

Carteret

Pamlico

Chowan

Pasquotank

Craven

Pender

Currituck

Perquimans

Dare

Tyrrell

Gates

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  • Number of CAMA counties: 20

  • Miles of ocean beaches in North Carolina: 320

  • Miles of estuarine shoreline in the state: more than 12,000

  • Acres of sounds, creeks and marshes: 2 million-plus

  • Acres preserved through the N.C. Coastal Reserve Program: 32,000-plus

  • Economic impact of tourism in the 20 CAMA counties in 2001: $1.76 billion

  • Year the General Assembly passed CAMA: 1974

  • Number of local governments that have adopted CAMA land-use plans: 92

  • Number of CAMA-funded public beach and waterfront access sites: 280

  • Number of Coastal Resources Commission members: 15

  • Number of Coastal Resources Advisory Council members: 45

Did you know?

Nationwide, coastal counties represent only 13 percent of the country's land, but are home to more than 50 percent of Americans, according to a study by the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City. Nationally, coastal counties produce eight times more income per square kilometer than inland counties, the study said.

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