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Let’s get down to business. The blue economy is booming! All the industries that work in, on, and around the ocean and that use its resources are part of the blue economy. They all need to work in a sustainable way to ensure a healthy ocean and bottom line. Join MarineQuest for a week-long Blue Economy exploration of maritime industries that are infusing technology and data science into aquaculture, robotics, energy, bioprospecting, shipping and ocean monitoring to create a blue tech sector. Discover marine biotech’s connection to the pharmaceutical industry and the development of new biomedicines and biotesting materials. Learn about the economic benefits that can come from carbon storage, coastal protection, cultural values and biodiversity. Earn your M.B.A. (marine business adventure) while exploring coastal habitats, touring facilities, meeting with blue econ entrepreneurs and more.

  • Must have completed 8th grade and turn 14 by June 1st. Must not turn 18 before July 31st. 

Field excursions include:

  • Go to the beach, fouling community, and marsh
  • Visit the Center for Marine Science, MARBIONC and aquaculture facilities
  • Visit the Port of Wilmington (Covid dependent)

Highlights include:

  • Interact with UNCW scientists involved in blue economy sectors
  • Experiment in university labs to investigate marine biotechnology
  • Learn how to use field equipment for sampling and analysis
  • Create blue energy
  • Enjoy boogie board oceanography and shallow water snorkeling



Table Info

Day(s) of Week

Monday - Friday


8:00 AM - 3:45 PM (Friday pick-up at 1:00 PM)

Staff / Student Ratio



UNCW Campus

Summer 2021 Dates

Week 7: July 26 - 30, 2021 

Commuter Tuition



You must register by 5:00 PM the Wednesday before your program is to begin.