More to Know
The Aquariums and Pier are owned by the state of North Carolina and are administered by the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 238 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. The Aquarium received initial AZA accreditation in 1990 and received its most recent inspection in 2023. The Aquariums are buoyed by the support of the North Carolina Aquarium Society.
Department of Natural & Cultural Resources
The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources oversees the state’s resources for the arts, history, libraries and nature. If you’re interested in discovering your family’s genealogy, exploring North Carolina history, or experiencing our state's rich arts culture and natural beauty, you're in the right place!
Association of Zoos & Aquariums
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of zoos and aquariums in the areas of conservation, education, science, and recreation. AZA represents more than 235 facilities in the United States and overseas, which collectively draw more than 200 million visitors every year.
North Carolina Aquarium Society
In 1986, the North Carolina Aquarium Society was formed as a nonprofit (501c3) support organization to assist the Aquariums in the fulfillment of their mission. Through a Memorandum of Agreement with NCDNCR, the Society partners with the Aquariums to raise private funds to make them better—by supporting their priorities of new exhibits, animals, education programs and conservation initiatives.