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

  • East Carteret Students Study Blue Crabs – Video
    April 18, 2016
    East Carteret High School students visited a local  blue crab shedding operation and then learned how to cook soft shell crabs as part of a Creating New Economies Grant awarded by the Resourceful Communities Program at The Conservation Fund to Saltwater Connections.  Watch the video here.  
  • East Carteret and Cape Hatteras Schools Collaboration
    April 18, 2016
    Cape Hatteras Secondary School carpentry students installed the food program’s new fish cleaning table last week. The table was made by East Carteret High School’s marine trades class taught by Zack Davis and was gifted to the Cape Hatteras food program. This exchange was supported by a Creating New Economies Grant awarded by the Resourceful ...
  • A Journey Though History and Culture
    April 13, 2016
    Those who travel up and down North Carolina’s Outer Banks and through the Down East communities of Carteret County can see it’s an area of beautiful natural scenery, but during the next few weeks, new signs will be posted along the route to help travelers better understand the history and maritime culture of the region. The ...
  • Launching the Outer Banks Scenic Byway
    April 12, 2016
    At a meeting of the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway Advisory Committee on Tuesday, April 5, at the Hatteras Realty office in Avon – the same office that has hosted dozens if not scores of these meetings over the past 13 years – the official signs for the highway were unveiled, to the delight of ...
  • New Research Projects Focus on Coastal Community Collaborations
    April 7, 2016
    Four community-based collaborations will start this spring thanks to a new partnership between North Carolina Sea Grant and the William R. Kenan Jr. Institute for Engineering, Technology and Science at NC State University. “We are pleased with the variety of topics, as well as the strong participation of partners from throughout the coastal region,” notes Raj ...
  • Business seminars scheduled for creative entrepreneurs
    April 5, 2016
    The Small Business Center of Beaufort Community College and Ocracoke Open Source will sponsor a two-part seminar, Business Marketing for Creative Entrepreneurs, April 12 and 13. These small-group work sessions will cover a range of topics to help attendees improve their marketing skills. Each session will be limited to eight participants Some of the topics up for ...
  • Adding Value to Local Food – Free Online Webinar
    March 21, 2016
    The demand for local food has risen over the last decade. However, a growing number of consumers also want more convenience built into their local food choices – flavorful options that are less perishable than farm-fresh products and require minimal preparation at home. This program will introduce Extension educators and small-business owners to general principles ...