Center for Marine Science

Become a Member of the Bluefish Society

bluefish society logoWhat is the Bluefish Society?

The Bluefish Society is the annual giving program of the UNCW Center for Marine Science. All Bluefish Society funds are used for the Center's public outreach efforts, helping to defray operating costs for the popular Planet Ocean Seminar Series and other community enrichment programs. An individual/couple membership is $100 per year and membership for a family is $200. Bluefish Society contributors receive the following benefits: advanced notice and registration for preferred seating at each Planet Ocean Seminar, invitations to selected special events at the center, donor name(s) on a poster displayed in our lobby, and a handsome Bluefish Society lapel pin. Contributors also have the opportunity to interact with world-renowned scientists, high-level government officials, and other environmental experts featured at Planet Ocean Seminars.

CMS and the Community

Research, Education, and Outreach - three important ways that CMS benefits the greater Wilmington community through its major outreach programs, such as:

Planet Ocean Seminar Series - CMS offers four distinguished lecture seminars each academic year, featuring prominent speakers from our own faculty and other leading research institutions, from well-known environmental organizations, and from government agencies. See the Planet Ocean schedule here.

Community Participation - CMS scientists and research staff are frequently called upon to provide information and advice on issues that impact the environment locally, regionally, or nationally.

Why Your Help is Important

Contributions to the Bluefish Society provide CMS with a steady source of unrestricted funds, which are indispensable in allowing us to expand our outreach efforts. Unrestricted gifts are more important now than ever before, given the fiscal challenges facing the State of North Carolina and its public universities. Funding for our outreach programs has been drastically reduced in recent years, largely due to budget cuts within the UNC system and the diminished financial returns from endowments established for CMS. You can help us maintain high-quality, informative outreach programs by "hooking up" with the CMS Bluefish Society. Remember, bluefish operate most effectively in schools. Please join our "school" of Bluefish Society donors to keep the outreach tradition at CMS afloat. For further details, call us at 910-962-2301.

Your Bluefish Membership gift of $100 supports our role as the state's coastal university.


Bluefish information sheet

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