Enjoy 2 days of fresh NC Seafood, live music, cooking demonstrations and MANY maritime vendors on the historic Cape Fear River at the first ever Wilmington Seafood Festival on October 17th & 18th. The event will take place from 11am to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 6pm on Sunday and admission is FREE! The event will be held at 4114 River Road, Wilmington, NC.
Wilmington Seafood Festival is a community event that is focused on promoting the rich history of the Cape Fear River Region to bring awareness of the economic impact of the seafood industry in our area.
Organizers of the WSF believes that everyone in the region should understand the importance of protecting our waterways, and have access to fresh, local North Carolina seafood, that is caught right off the shores and banks of the coast in which we live.
This festival will promote and foster relationships between those who live in our communities and local seafood harvesters, who make their livelihood bringing seafood- to- table everyday. This annual event will promote tourism in the undiscovered region of what lies between Wilmington and Carolina Beach on the historic Cape Fear River.
Wilmington Seafood Festival will fill the void of a long awaited community event where attendees will enjoy great food, live music, and cooking demonstrations by local chefs.
For more information visit www.wilmingtonseafoodfestival.com
Cape Fear River Watch will get a portion of the proceeds from the Seafood Festival. We are looking for volunteers to help both days, if you can help please sign up HERE!Posted in Uncategorized | September 29, 2015
Join us Saturday October 3rd 10am-2pm for the Lock & Dam #1 Centennial & Environmental Education Event! Come enjoy educational activities for all ages, food vendors, our new boardwalk, games and much more! There is a lot to celebrate, considering that an economist from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service estimates an annual boost to our economy of 5.5 million dollars if the Striped Bass population recovers and the fishery re-opens. With the construction of the rock arch rapids (fish passage) at Lock and Dam #1 complete, we advocate for fish passage at Lock and Dams 2 and 3 in order for anadromous fish, including the Striped Bass, to reach their original spawning grounds. Come and learn all about it!Posted in Uncategorized | September 16, 2015
SweetWater Brewing has done a phenomenal job fundraising for CFRW this summer! They raised $3,001! We had a great time hanging out at the events and are very appreciative for all of their efforts! Thank you!Posted in Uncategorized | September 16, 2015
Thank you to Fox & Hound Wilmington for donating the proceeds from their take over the tap day! They raised over $1000 for River Watch! Great job, thank you so much Fox & Hound!Posted in Uncategorized | September 2, 2015
Don’t miss the article in the September issue of Our State Magazine about Kemp Burdette, your Cape Fear Riverkeeper!Posted in Uncategorized | July 8, 2015
Congratulations to Striped Bass #12 and Ted Poucher for winning the race to pass Lock & Dam #1 this year! Tags were purchased at the January StriperFest 2015 Banquet & Auction and #12 (Ted’s fish) made it past the dam this week!
Many thanks you to everyone that supports our research to save the Cape Fear anadromous fishery!
By Dana SargentPosted in Uncategorized | May 27, 2015
Congratulations to our very own Education Coordinator KayLynn Plummer who won in the YWCA’s Environmental Women of Achievement Award this year! We are very proud as Kay Lynn works tirelessly towards diversifying the education and outreach program here at CFRW.Posted in Uncategorized | March 2, 2015
As many of you may know, we have lost one of our most dedicated and passionate members of our Cape Fear River family. In April, we lost Arthur W. Brownell, a champion of the Cape Fear River and a driving force behind the restoration of our river’s fishery. Art was an exceptional man. His deep understanding of the importance of environmental conservation was developed throughout a lifetime of work and experience in the field.
He grew up in the Boston area, and his love of the outdoors and fishing began at an early age. He joined the Massachusetts Department of Natural Resources and worked his way to the top of that organization in just eighteen years. He then worked in governmental affairs for International Paper and was that organization’s interface with Congress on environmental issues for over twenty years.
His lifetime accomplishments are extensive and include helping to establish the Cape Cod National Seashore, working on the clean-up of Boston Harbor, forming numerous conservation commissions, serving as Vice President and President of Cape Fear River Watch, serving as Treasurer and President of the Cape Fear Men’s Club, and being elected to the New Hanover County Soil and Water Conservation Board of Supervisors in 2012.
Art took a love of the outdoors and turned it into a lifelong commitment to protect and improve the waterways and forests that he knew were so important. Cape Fear River Watch benefitted enormously from his leadership over the years. He asked tough questions, gave wise advice, took calculated risks, was always there ready to help, and pushed us to be the best organization that we could be.
Art is survived by his wife of 51 years, Helen Brownell; two daughters, Sandra Brownell and Debra Bense, Debra’s husband Ron and daughter Juliana; as well as his nephew Paul Dunn.
Here at Cape Fear River Watch we individually and collectively find great inspiration by looking back at Art’s well-lived life. As a way of honoring Art’s commitment to conservation and his tireless efforts to restore the Cape Fear River fishery, Cape Fear River Watch is establishing The Art Brownell Fellowship. This fellowship will be funded as an annual internship at Cape Fear River Watch in support of fishery restoration in the Cape Fear River, and it will be awarded to an exceptional undergraduate or graduate student selected by the Cape Fear River Watch Board of Directors. The recipient will be announced each year at the StriperFest banquet.
We know that Art would be honored to see that his vision and work within Cape Fear River Watch to restore the fishery is being continued and improved with the addition of a fellowship dedicated to that goal. We are also confident that the students who are awarded this fellowship will benefit from a deeper understanding of the importance of conservation and fisheries just as Art did. Finally, we take comfort in knowing that “our” river and its fishery will continue to benefit from Art’s legacy for many years to come.
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