Contact: Michele Walker, 919-733-2293, ext. 229
DEDICATION OF JOINT FACILITY FOR NOAA CENTER FOR COASTAL FISHERIES AND N.C. NATIONAL ESTUARINE RESEARCH RESERVE
WHAT:Dedication of joint facility for NOAA’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research and the N.C. Coastal Reserve and National Estuarine Research Reserve
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 20, 11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Pivers Island, Beaufort
BEAUFORT – The state Division of Coastal Management, along with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Center for Coastal Fisheries and Habitat Research, will dedicate their new joint facility on Pivers Island in Beaufort on Thursday, Sept. 20.
The opening ceremony will begin at 11:30 a.m., and will include remarks by Jack Dunnigan, assistant administrator for NOAA's National Ocean Service, and N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary William Ross.
Following the ceremony, staff from both programs will offer tours of the new facility, as well as field trips by boat through the Rachel Carson component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve.
The new building will provide office space for the staff of both programs, a teaching laboratory and a 120-seat auditorium.
The 2,675-acre Rachel Carson Reserve is one of 10 sites in the N.C. Coastal Reserve, which preserves coastal lands and marshes for research, education and recreation. The site is a component of the N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve.