Partners at Pine Knoll Shores

Some examples of Aquarium partners:

All three Aquariums are accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). The AZA accredits only those institutions that have achieved rigorous standards for animal care, education, wildlife conservation and science.

The Aquarium is a division of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and works closely with sister agencies North Carolina Zoo, North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesNorth Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries, and the North Carolina Office of Environmental Education.

The Aquarium has been designated as a Coastal Ecosystem Learning Center with the Coastal America program, a national network of aquariums and science centers devoted to fostering conservation education about America’s coasts.

The Aquarium is a longstanding member of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce and the Carteret County Economic Development Council. Additionally, the Aquarium is an annual sponsor of the Chamber’s Leadership Carteret program.

The Aquarium is a founding member of the North Carolina Marine Science and Education Partnership (MSEP), a coalition of directors of marine science institutions who work together to further the role of marine science in North Carolina. Members include Duke University Marine Laboratory, UNC Institute of Marine Sciences, NC State University’s Center for Marine Science and Technology, NC Division of Marine Fisheries, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, East Carolina University Biology Department, NC Sea Grant, Carteret Community College, NC Maritime Museum, NC National Estuarine Research Reserve, NC Biotechnology Center and others.

The Aquarium has partnered with the Town of Emerald Isle to develop plans for the Aquarium Pier at Emerald Isle.

The Aquarium works regularly with the Town of Pine Knoll Shores on a variety of topics, including beach cleanups, pedestrian access, emergency planning and other issues of mutual interest.

The Aquarium property, including the Roosevelt Natural Area, is a designated component of the North Carolina Birding Trail.

The Aquarium is actively involved with tourism-related projects, in partnership with the Crystal Coast Tourism Development Authority.

The Aquarium is a regular placement site for summer internships through the N.C. Youth Advocacy & Involvement Office.
The Aquarium partners with sister agency North Carolina State Parks in managing the Roosevelt Natural Area.

The Aquarium works closely with faculty, staff and students of the N.C. State University College of Veterinary Medicine in managing the care for the Aquarium’s living collection.

The Aquarium is a Gold Level Sponsor with the North Carolina Seafood Festival, held each year on the first weekend in October.

The Aquarium conducts a food drive each December in support of Martha’s Mission Cupboard, a local food bank.

The Aquarium partners with for satellite telemetry tracking of released sea turtles.

The Aquarium is a designed site for Volkswalk, promoting healthy lifestyles through walking.

The Aquarium is a participating member of the Sea Turtle Stranding Network through the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

The Aquarium is an active member of the Divers Alert Network, promoting safe diving practices and emergency support.

The Aquarium is a founding sponsor of Carteret County Schools’ Brad Sneeden Marine Science Academy.

The Aquarium is a participating sponsor of the Mile of Hope, providing pediatric cancer patients with a weekend on the Crystal Coast since 1990.

The Aquarium is a participating sponsor of Take a Kid Fishing, supporting disadvantaged youth and special needs children with a day of fishing on the Crystal Coast.