The history of the Seafood Laboratory runs deep in Carteret County along North Carolina's coast, beginning in the early 1960s with NCSU food scientist Dr. Frank Bancroft Thomas
. As the first seafood extension specialist for the Department of Food Science, Thomas wanted to put food science expertise in the hands of those who needed it most - members of the seafood industry in coastal North Carolina.
Dr. Thomas worked collaboratively with state, industry and institutional partners such as UNC Institute of Marine Sciences and the NC Division of Marine Fisheries and later NC Sea Grant, to help establish this 40-year-old program.
Working with technical and industry advisors, Thomas was awarded the Lab’s first funding - an extension service project grant entitled “Carteret County Seafood Processing Project.” Over time the numbers of projects grew, as the seafood industry was evolving, and so the foundation for the Seafood Laboratory was laid. By positioning the lab along the coast of Carteret County, Thomas helped forge a partnership between academics and the seafood industry that continues to thrive.
Today the Seafood Laboratory is located within CMAST
, NCSUs Center for Marine Sciences and Technology, located in Morehead City, NC. This 50,000 sq. ft., multi-purpose facility was completed in 2000. Strategically located on North Carolina's central coast, the Seafood Laboratory is a dedicated unit of the Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition Sciences
, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
. The laboratory represents NC State's long-standing commitment to the seafood industry.
Seafood Extension Specialist, Dr. David P. Green
, is the director of the Seafood Laboratory. For more information, download Dr. Green's profile
. Current funding is provided by NC Cooperative Extension Service, NC Agricultural Research Service, grants and contracts, service agreements, workshops, cost-recovery services, and industry and private support.