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Center's Region

NURC/UNCW's geographic region includes the South Atlantic Bight, Florida Keys, and Gulf of Mexico, including the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and Texas. The region consists of over 4,400 km of coastline (not including estuaries and embayments), 1.2 million km 2 of the U.S Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and about 60 percent of the nation's wetlands and estuarine drainage area. More than a third of this region is continental shelf (<200 meters), and two-thirds of the region is shallower than 1000 m. The region includes the nation's most valuable developed oil and gas resources, recreational fishing and marine-related tourism industries, the second most valuable commercial fishing industry in the nation, and the only emergent, living coral reef ecosystems off the continental U.S.

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