StriperFest Community Education Day

More than 500 people passed through the Education Day exhibits of the Cape Fear River Watch 2015 StriperFest at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington. Volunteers, interns and staff provided a learning environment accessible to everyone who came through the door.

Come out and bring the whole family to learn about fisheries of the Cape Fear River!

More than 500 people passed through the Education Day exhibits of the Cape Fear River Watch 2015 StriperFest at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington. Volunteers, interns and staff provided a learning environment accessible to everyone who came through the door.

Fun for all ages!

More than 500 people passed through the Education Day exhibits of the Cape Fear River Watch 2015 StriperFest at the Coastline Convention Center in Wilmington. Volunteers, interns and staff provided a learning environment accessible to everyone who came through the door.

Biology Booths!

Our January 16th Community Education Day was a huge SUCCESS! We had over 120 volunteers to help out that day! Thank you! We look forward to seeing you all again in 2017!

The 2016 Schedule

Boats Away – see the exciting start to our Tag & Release Tournament at 8:30am on Saturday!

Fisheries Science Forum
Riverview Terrace

9:00am: Introduction by Frank Yelverton, Executive Director, Cape Fear River Watch

9:05: An Economic Analysis of Recreational and Commercial Fisheries Occurring in the Middle and Lower Cape Fear River, North Carolina by Dan Ryan. Dan is the Longleaf Pine Program Director for the Nature Conservancy

9 :35: Striped Bass Management in the Cape Fear River by Michael Fisk. Michael is the District 4 Fisheries Biologist for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission

10:05: Funding Potential for Fish Passage in the Cape Fear River by Frank Yelverton. Frank is the Executive Director for Cape Fear River Watch

10:20 – 10:30: Questions and Answers

  Striped Bass Fishing Tactics Seminar
by Captain Jot Owens

Riverview Terrace 12:00 – 1:00pm

 Family Activities

Rooms A, B & C 11:00am – 2:00pm

Boat Trips up the Cape Fear River!
$5/per person or $20/family
11:30am – Sign up here

12:30pm – Sign up here
1:30pm – Sign up here


Education is an important component successful fishery restoration.  Our fun activities focus on the Cape Fear River’s incredible anadromous fish and the importance of restoring our fishery.

2016 will feature:

-Tours onboard the research vessel “Cape Hatteras”

-Fish Migration Puppet Show

-Build a model of a rock arch rapids like the one at Lock & Dam #1 on our Cape Fear River

Make a mobile of the anadromous fish found in the Cape Fear River

-Using a cane pole and a
magnet catch a fish and see if you can identify them

-Learn Gyotaku – the Japanese art of fish printing

-Explore the internal and external anatomy of fish

– Design your own fish on a stick

-Using microscopes and aquatic organisms learn how scientists determine water quality

-Learn about various fishing rods and practice casting your line into a hula hoop target

-Explore the migration patterns of striped bass in the cape Fear River

-See how the Division of Marine Fisheries biologists place tags in the fish to monitor their activity!

-Face Painting!

We are looking for vendors for the 2017  event! If you are interested in being a vendor please email kaylynn@cfrw.us.

This event is made possible through the experience and passion of volunteers and interns on the Cape Fear River Watch Education Committee. If you are interested in volunteering for StriperFest 2016 Education Day please email KayLynn Plummer at kaylynn@cfrw.us.