Saltwater Connections is a collaborative of community members and organizations united by a shared common interest in building stronger communities along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway now and for the future.  The collaborative crafts innovative projects that share and perpetuate the maritime culture of the region, encourage economic diversity, promote community health and wellness, and serve the needs of all residents.

What’s New

  • Conetoe-Hatteras Youth Food Equity Exchange: “Wadin’ through the Water” to Healthy Food Access, by Mikki Sager
    April 9, 2015
    The Great Recession of 2008 severely impacted people and places across the country, resulting in losses of jobs, homes, lands, and resources.  Yet the downturn created an upswing as well:  of neighbors helping neighbors, and people building community, and tapping their assets—including land—to create home-grown solutions to local problems.   Through our work with communities across the ...
  • Saltwater Connections To Grow Healthy Food Connections
    April 6, 2015
    Harkers Island, North Carolina (April 6, 2015) – Saltwater Connections has been awarded a Creating New Economies Fund grant from the Resourceful Communities Program at The Conservation Fund to support local food education opportunities  on Hatteras Island, Ocracoke and Down East. The award will provide technical and financial support to the Foods Program at Cape Hatteras ...
  • A firm development for crabmeat
    April 6, 2015
    Growing up on Roanoke Island, Gabe Dough was familiar with the delightful taste of the succulent blue crabs caught all along the Outer Banks. But he also knew that unless he was willing to take a crab pot out to Albemarle Sound, a meal of the tasty shellfish would take a big bite out of his ...
  • NC Sea Grant/APNEP Offer Joint Fellowship
    April 6, 2015
    North Carolina Sea Grant and the Albemarle-Pamlico National Estuary Partnership, or APNEP, are accepting applications for the 2015 Graduate Fellowship in Estuarine Research. The fellowship provides funding for graduate students based in North Carolina and Virginia with an opportunity to conduct applied research within the North Carolina portion of the APNEP management boundary. “This new partnership between APNEP ...
  • Ocracoke Tourism Marketing Research
    April 6, 2015
    Presentation, statistics, and references on Ocracoke tourism prepared by Hyde County Office of Planning and Economic Development. Ocracoke Tourism Marketing Research OPED tourism research appendix
  • Trails Tell Heritage, History and Human Stories
    March 28, 2015
    Saltwater Connections reminds public sites and commercial businesses located in the 21 communities along the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway to apply to be listed on the Outer Banks Heritage Trails website ( . There is no fee to be listed on the website, but proprietors need to complete a short application describing how their ...
  • April 14 Coastal Conference Draws NC Leaders
    March 28, 2015
    North Carolina’s Coastal Conference on April 14 will provide lively discussions and perspectives from a mix of leading university researchers, government officials from the federal, state and local levels, and leaders of nonprofits and industry. “We are honored to have distinguished experts from so many arenas coming together to discuss critical coastal issues,“ notes Susan White, ...

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