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N.C. Seafood Industrial Park Authority

The N.C. Seafood Industrial Park Authority, an eleven-member state board whose members come from counties in the region, operates the three marine parks, the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, the Engelhard Marine Industrial Park and the Perquimans Marine Industrial Park.

Through the Authority, the State of North Carolina engages in promoting, developing, constructing, equipping, maintaining and operating the seafood industrial parks within the State. The Seafood Park Authority has the power to set and regulate land lease fees, building rental fees, and make most operational decisions necessary to attract and keep tenants in the state's seafood industrial facilities. The Authority leases land to tenants who typically building their own buildings, thus avoiding costly capital outlays for property. In some instances, the Authority will erect a building for tenants. The Authority’s flexibility and efficiency over the years has created a business friendly environment in all three facilities.

If you have a business or hope to open one that is directly seafood/marine related, or supports either of these industries, you should visit, call, fax, or email us at the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park to get details.



    P.O. Box 549 615 Harbor Road Wanchese, N.C. 27981 Telephone: (252) 473-5867 Fax: (252) 473-6139

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    Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park

    Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park

    The Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park is centrally located on the East Coast of the U.S. on the south end of historic Roanoke Island in Dare County. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, the Intercoastal Waterway, and the region's sounds systems make it ideal for water-dependent businesses.

    The Park's mission is to promote, enhance, and offer business opportunities for marine-related businesses in Northeastern North Carolina.

    Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park Facts

    • The Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park opened in 1981.
    • It contains 53 acres of land, a 15-acre basin, and its own wastewater treatment and water systems.
    • Buildings in the Park range from 3,200 to 30,000 sq. ft.
    • The Park's 30 lots are fully leased to a number of marine businesses, including boat building, commercial fishing, marina, and supply chain operations.
    • In 2005, the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park had an annual impact to the State of North Carolina of $113 million.

    Due to the success of Wanchese, in 2007 the NC Seafood Industrial Park Authority began pursuing additional sites, resulting in the acquisition and development of the Engelhard and Perquimans County marine sites.

    Engelhard Marine Industrial Park

    Engelhard Marine Industrial Park

    The Engelhard Marine Industrial Park in Hyde County is a small, 7.5-acre site on federally maintained Far Creek in the fishing village of Engelhard. The site's first tenant, Southern Diesel Corporation, opened in June 2012. Currently, there are eight other parcels at the site that are ready for development.

    Perquimans Marine Industrial Park

    Perquimans Marine Industrial Park

    The Perquimans Marine Industrial Park is a 72 acre site in Perquimans County. After four years of planning and permitting effort, the site is now ready for development. A 16.5-acre man-made marine basin is planned that will be 300 feet wide with 10 feet of water depth. The site's close proximity to the Norfolk, Va., area makes it an ideal location for businesses looking to expand into the southeast Virginia or US east coast markets.