StriperFest Education Day




January 17th
Coastline Convention Center
Wilmington, NC

Fisheries Science Forum 10am-11:30am:
10:00am - Introduction by Frank Yelverton, CFRW Associate Director
Frank Yelverton is a former fisheries biologist for the USACE
10:05 – Tracking & Tagging Anadromous Fish of the Cape Fear River
Joe Facendola is a biologist with N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries.
10:30 – Annual spawning surveys of striped bass in the Cape Fear River.
Michael Fisk is the District 4 Fisheries Biologist for NC Wildlife Resources Commission.
10:55 –  Who will take the Bait? Recognizing the value of Forage Fish
Elizabeth Silleck is Senior Outreach Associate, U.S. Oceans, Northeast The Pew Charitable Trusts
11:20 – 11:30: Q&A

Jot Owens  Fishing Seminar:
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Captain Jot Owens will be giving a FREE Cape Fear River Striped Bass Fishing Seminar starting at 12pm. This seminar will go over tactics for fishing for Cape Fear River Striped Bass; what lures, what tides, where to fish, tackle and more… This seminar will last about 45 minutes to an hour.

Family Fun Community Education Day:
11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Family Boat Trips Onboard The Wilmington up the Cape Fear River
- Register here
1:45-2:30pmRegister 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.


Come have a GREAT time with us!!

- NEW THIS YEAR – Tours onboard the research vessel “Cape Hatteras”

-NEW THIS YEAR – 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 exhibitors for this year’s event! If you are interested in being an exhibitor click here for more information!


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 2015 Education Day please email KayLynn Plummer at