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The Alliance for the Blue Economy will make its debut during “All Blue Week” Tuesday through Saturday, November 2 to 6.

Over a dozen events are planned around Wilmington and on UNCW’s main and marine science campuses. Events will include an opening keynote address by acclaimed futurist Deborah Westphal, author of the new book, “Convergence”; a Blue Economy hackathon co-sponsored with Cape Fear Collective; tours of the Center for Marine Science and recreational opportunities such as a sustainable sunset cruise at the Blockade Runner resort.

The full list of activities and registration links are listed below. Please join us!

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Monday, November 1st

CFCC Event on 11-1-21

Inside Cape Fear Community College’s Marine Technology and Boat Building Programs

Monday, November 1
4:00 to 5:00 p.m.
407 North Water St (Wooden Boat Building Shop, W-070), Wilmington/Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

Get an insiders’ view of Cape Fear Community College’s 57-year history of training students for employment in industries specific to scientific work on the water, and wooden and fiberglass boat building. Meet our faculty, tour our shops, and see the various tools we use to train our students. We will discuss our current projects and look at the various ways our students contribute to the Blue Economy after graduation.

Parking is available at CFCC’s visitor parking lots on Water Street or on the corner of Walnut and 2nd St.

Please register here!

Tuesday, November 2nd

Keynote on 11-2-21

Opening Session with Keynote by Deborah Westphal

Tuesday, November 2
8:00 to 11:30 a.m.
UNCW Lumina Theatre, 615 Hamilton Drive, Wilmington/Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

All Blue Week formally kicks-off with opening remarks by (invited) UNCW Chancellor Jose V. Sartarelli and an introduction to (invited) Senator Michael Lee.

Next up: a presentation by special guest and Wilmington native, Rear Admiral Laura M. Dickey , operational commander for all U.S. Coast Guard missions from the North Carolina/South Carolina border to New Jersey. She will present an insightful update on the U.S. Coast Guard’s current activities and future plans and how they will impact coastal North Carolina.

Internationally renowned futurist Deborah Westphal , author of “Convergence: Technology, Business and the Human-Centric Future” will deliver the special keynote address. Ms. Westphal will offer keen insights on the themes of sustainability and human-centric convergence and how they resonate with and are embedded in the Blue Economy.

Closing out the opening session is John Waterston who joins us from Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. He will speak about accelerating trends in the collection, communication, and analysis of ocean, security, and weather information and how actionable data is changing marine science, coastal resiliency and defense protocols.

At the conclusion on the session, in-person attendees are invited to meet Deborah Westphal and receive a complimentary signed copy of her book “Convergence: Technology, Business and the Human-Centric Future”.

Please register here!

Workshop on 11-2-21

Blue Economy Workshop with Deborah Westphal

Tuesday, November 2
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
UNCW Marbionic Building, 5598 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington
Cost: Free

Please join us for a thought-provoking workshop with renowned futurist and All Blue Week keynote speaker, Deborah Westphal. Ms. Westphal will facilitate a discussion around what is the Blue Economy and what it means for southeastern North Carolina. We will also explore the potential stakeholders and how we meaningfully engage them.

Register now! Seating at the conference table is limited to 32 people, with additional seating for up to 18 observers.

Please register here!

Blue Tech on 11-2-21

Blue Tech/New Tech Panel Discussion

Tuesday, November 2
3:45 to 5 p.m.
UNCW Marbionic Building, 5598 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington/Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

What’s new in Blue technology? Advances are continually moving forward in ocean engineering and marine robotics. Join us at a panel discussion to learn about innovation in this important Blue Economy sector. Moderated by Jay Schach, MBA Adjunct Professor of Entrepreneurship and Strategy, panelists will include Kenneth Halanych, the new executive director of the UNCW Center for Marine Science, Glenn Anderson, director of Cape Fear Ocean Labs and Dr. Joseph Wheatley.

Registration is preferred, but not required. Please register here!

Planet Ocean on 11-2-21

Planet Ocean Seminar

Tuesday, November 2
6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

The UNCW Center for Marine Science will be virtually hosting a Planet Ocean Seminar with our distinguished speaker Monica Jain, founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc.

Although this is a virtual event, registration is required. Once you are registered, you will receive the link to join the webinar. For further information, please call the UNCW Center for Marine Science at 910-962-2301.

Use this link to register for the virtual event: Zoom Link
To attend in-person, please email or call CMS at 910-962-2301

Whats Brewing on 11-2-21

What’s Brewing in Science?

Tuesday, November 2
6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Waterline Brewery, 721 Surry St., Wilmington

Do you want clean water, delicious seafood, and a sustainable local economy? Grab a drink and join Cape Fear Museum and All Blue to find out how to make this possible. In this interactive session, you will explore the social, economic, and environmental impacts of building a sustainable future for our ocean and river economy.

Registration is optional, but recommended: Click here!

Wednesday, November 3rd

Sea Change on 11-3-21

Sea Change – Disruption and Growing Success in Aquaculture

Wednesday, November 3
9:00 to 9:50 a.m.
CMS Auditorium,
5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington/Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

Sustainable seafood is an exciting and innovative field, with the potential to improve ocean health while ultimately remaking the $390 billion global seafood industry. To name just a few signs of change: underwater sensors, robots, cameras and big data tools are creating the “Internet of Fish”. Algae is shedding its green-slime image and becoming a glamorous super-ingredient. Oyster farming is surging back to life as an economic engine and environmental asset, and traceability and transparency solutions are giving seafood buyers a much-needed look at the journey from water to plate. Aquaculture, the farming of seafood, has eclipsed wild caught and harvested seafood.

None of this was happening when Monica Jain launched Fish 2.0 in 2013. She helped power a steep rise in both the level and pace of innovation in sustainable seafood. Join us to learn the key lessons from Fish 2.0 – and what’s coming next. Learn how businesses are succeeding in aquaculture.

Monica Jain is founder and executive director of Fish 2.0 and Manta Consulting Inc. In 2013, she founded Fish 2.0 to drive investor interest in new innovations and technologies supporting aquaculture and sustainable seafood. She is passionate about oceans, impact investing, fisheries and building networks around these themes.

Please register here!

Panel on 11-3-21

Panel Discussion: Follow the Money – Opportunities and Challenges of Growing the Blue Sectors

Wednesday, November 3
10:00 to 11:15 a.m.
CMS Auditorium,
5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane, Wilmington/Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

With a focus on Wilmington’s Blue Economy infrastructure, this panel will address building and bringing together investors, entrepreneurs, and all the supporting organizations and resources needed for success. It’s not just the incubators, accelerators, and angel groups – it’s also the professionals that help with partnerships, those offering technical assistance, a talent pool to hire from, places for investors to meet and learn from one another, meeting places for entrepreneurs and investors (like the Menlo Park Starbucks apparently…) or even Fish 2.0. 

It’s not just seafood-based businesses that struggle for funding. Food-based businesses are challenged to find growth capital and they’re often seen as expensive and risky. It’s a crowded field that is growing even more competitive. Few ventures achieve an ROI that’s attractive to angel or venture capital investors. Hear about the challenges in other Blue Economy sectors as well with examples from oceans technologies, marine biotech, and more.

Join Monica Jain and tell-all investors that have invested in food-based businesses and are ready to spill the beans on the good, bad, and ugly. Panelists include Ben Redding, CEO of the NC Idea Foundation: Deb Mosca, PhD, xElle Ventures and former CEO, Marine Biotechnology Center of Innovation; and Rocco Quaranto III, co-founder, Fuzzy Peach and Tama Tea, and partner and CMO, Peno Mediterranean Grill.   

Please register here!

Living Shoreline on 11-3-21

Living Shorelines 101

Wednesday, November 3
9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Fort Caswell, 100 Caswell Beach Road, Oak Island
Cost: $5 grounds fee per person

Come learn about living shorelines…what they are, why they are important, and what lives there! Find out about our Living Shoreline Restoration Project and how we built a 170-foot oyster reef. We will begin with an indoor presentation and then head outdoors for a site visit to the salt marsh and restoration area.

Masks required when in close proximity to others and indoors.

Registration required: contact or call 910-278-9501

Blue Economy on 11-3-21

NC Entrepreneurs Pitch Innovative Blue Economy Ventures

Wednesday, November 3
3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Blockade Runner Resort, 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach
Cost: $35

Join Monica Jain, Ben Redding, and investors from VentureSouth, WALE, and Seahawk Innovation for an exciting look at North Carolina-based startups representing a broad range of Blue Economy sectors from marine robotics, marine biotechnology, sustainable seafood, water quality, and more.

Presenting companies include:

  • NALA Systems, Inc.: Offering innovative processes and materials to produce and bring to market chlorine tolerant, low fouling reverse osmosis membranes for water filtration.
  • Natrx: Incorporating habitat growth into protective structures for waterfront assets to deliver enhanced resilience, lower cost, and unlimited possibilities.
  • Sandbar Oyster Company: Oyster Catcher™ is a biodegradable hardscape with applications in oyster aquaculture, oyster habitat restoration and the creation of “living shorelines” for protection from storm damage and erosion.
  • Topsail Steamer: Coastal Entrepreneur of the Year 2020, a fast-growing business offering Seafood Steam Pots at locations in multiple states and through overnight delivery and taking NC seafood to customers nationwide.
  • Also, wave energy startup, toxic chemical filtration technology, and Blue Economy information and advocacy nonprofit.

Please register here!

The Blockade Runner Resort’s restaurant is open 5-9 p.m. for dinner following this session and is offering a free cocktail for All Blue event attendees. Plan to stay after this All Blue event to enjoy the ambiance and continue networking. Reservations are accepted: East Oceanfront Dining

Blue Tourism on 11-3-21

A Blue Tourism Experience Aboard the Blockade Runner's Carolina Runner

Wednesday, November 3
5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Blockade Runner Resort and Marina, 275 Waynick Boulevard, Wrightsville Beach
Cost: $50 (with a cash bar on board)

All Blue’s Hospitality Sector invites you to enjoy the Blockade Runner’s Sunset Cruise on the Carolina Runner. It will depart from the dock across from the hotel’s property at 5pm and return at 6:30 pm. A presentation on the exceptional sustainability practices that has earned the Blockade Runner designations as an Ocean Friendly Establishment and recognition by the North Carolina GreenTravel Initiative will be included.

Please register here!

The Blockade Runner Resort’s restaurant is open 5-9 p.m. for dinner following this session and is offering a free cocktail for All Blue event attendees. Plan to stay after this All Blue event to enjoy the ambiance and continue networking. Reservations are accepted: East Oceanfront Dining

Thursday, November 4th

The North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Associations Annual Conference on 11-4-21

The North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association’s Annual Conference

Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5
7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Thursday) and 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Friday)
Aloft Wilmington at Coastline Center, 501 Nutt Street, downtown Wilmington
Cost: $200 for both days

This annual conference supports and amplifies the North Carolina Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association’s mission to protect and preserve North Carolina’s coastal communities through collaboration, education and knowledge.

Highlights of this year’s conference include:

  • Legislative and Policy Updates: NC Senators and NC Representatives
  • Offshore Wind Energy Panel Discussion
  • Mapping the Effects of Sea Level Rise on NC’s Coastal Habitats
  • NC Resilient Coastal Communities Program Update
  • Top Ten Restoration Plants for Coastal and Marsh Restoration
  • Olivine Sand: A Cost-Effective Carbon-Negative Alternative for Beach Renourishment

A limited number of scholarships to attend this event are available for UNCW students. To request a scholarship, please send a message to the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at and include your name, program, and reason for wanting to attend. Deadline for scholarship requests is Thursday, October 28.

Please register here!

Tracking Sharks on 11-4-21

Tracking Great Sharks in NC Waters Using Innovative and Data-Centric Technologies

Thursday, November 4
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Cost: $10

A SEA and Coffee presentation by Dr. Bob Hueter, Chief Scientist with OCEARCH.

Sharks play a critical role in the ecosystem along the North Carolina coast—but what are shark researchers hoping to learn from great white sharks tagged off of our coast? Learn more about these elusive apex predators, the role they play in balancing the ocean’s ecosystems, why OCEARCH’s research vessel is docked in Brunswick County, and how you can join OCEARCH’s efforts to address the two largest threats facing our oceans: data deficit and time.

OCEARCH is a data-centric organization instituted to help scientists collect previously unobtainable data about great white sharks in their ocean environment.

Please register here!

Global Marine on 11-4-21

UNCW Global Marine Science Mini-Summit: Virtual Symposia and Panel Discussion

Thursday November 4
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Hybrid: Pre-recorded presentations available on website, virtual panel discussion (via Zoom link)
Cost: Free

International experts from China, Colombia, Bangladesh, Malaysia and others will join UNCW marine science faculty in a panel discussion focused on research, trends and developments in marine biotech/pharmaceuticals, coastal resiliency, tourism and aquaculture.

For more information and registration details, click here!

NC Coastal Federal on 11-4-21

NC Coastal Federation's Oyster Blueprint Update with Ted Wilgis

Thursday November 4
2:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Cost: Free

Ted Wilgis, Coastal Scientist with the Federation, will discuss the link between the economic and ecological benefits of using oysters for farming, wild harvest, ecosystem services, and shoreline resiliency. With millions of acres of coastal waters, North Carolina recognizes the importance of shellfish to its economy, cultural heritage and environmental health.

Since 2003, a diverse group of stakeholders has worked to make statewide advances in promoting restoration, mariculture and protection of oysters in North Carolina through a collaboration known as the Oyster Restoration and Protection Plan for North Carolina: A Blueprint for Action.

The state is on its way to becoming the Napa Valley of Oysters. The state launched the North Carolina Shellfish Initiative in 2018 to galvanize the support of local, state and federal leadership in promoting sustainable seafood, shellfish restoration and clean water.

Wilgis will provide an overview of how these initiatives are working together to promote a blue economy that has great potential, but also needs strong support to protect the water quality and habitats that are the drivers of this economy.

Learn more at

Please register here!

Friday, November 5th

Attention Chamber Members, don’t forget to register to attend the Annual Oyster Roast!

Oyster roast on 11-5-21

2021 Oyster Roast

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Friday, November 5
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EDT
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce riverfront lawn
Cost: $75

Join us on Friday, November 5, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm on the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce riverfront lawn for a chance to mingle with fellow business professionals and enjoy live entertainment at this fun outdoor event.

Former chamber board member, Windell Daniels, wanted to create a special event to thank our members for investing in the work of our chamber. Since its inception, board members (and a team of very special volunteers from First Citizens Bank) have worked this event by preparing the oysters and shrimp for our attendees.

This is a members only event. Tickets are available for $75 each and include all-you-can-eat oysters, shrimp, an open bar, beer & wine, and the musical entertainment of Dos Eddies.

This event has become one of the most popular members-only events that we host each year. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Megan Mullins before the deadline on Wednesday, Oct 27.

Please register here!

Saturday, November 6th

Hack on 11-6-21

Hack for a Blue Economy

Co-sponsored with Cape Fear Collective

Saturday, November 6
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EDT
Virtual Online Event
Cost: Free

Join us as technologists and subject matter experts come together in a hackathon to understand how data can help inform the sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods, and jobs while preserving the health of the ocean ecosystem. Join us and benefit coastal North Carolina. Register today as a participant!

Please register here!

CMS on 11-6-21

CMS Saturday

Saturday, November 6
10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (last tour’s start time)
UNCW Center for Marine Science, 5600 Marvin K. Moss Lane
Cost: Free

Discover the inside stories at UNCW’s College of Marine Science with fascinating one-hour tours of its shellfish research hatcheries and portions of the CMS and Marbionic facilities. Take in displays that demonstrate CMS’s important role in marine science and education. Continuously operating tours will begin at 10:30 and new ones on the half hour until the final tour at 1 p.m. Tour groups will be limited to a maximum of 20 people and ages are 12 years old and up. The last tour will start at 1PM. Registration in advance is necessary.

Please register here!