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Save The Date: North Carolina’s Coastal Conference Set for April

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North Carolina's Coastal Conference will energize partnerships to develop solutions to benefit the state's coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. Photos courtesy FEMA and Roger Winstead.

North Carolina’s Coastal Conference will energize partnerships to develop solutions that can benefit the state’s coastal communities, economies and ecosystems.


Katie Mosher, 919-515-9069,

North Carolina Sea Grant will again host North Carolina’s Coastal Conference. The event will be held April 4 and 5, 2017, at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

“Many communities from central North Carolina to the coast found their resilience tested in 2016,” notes Susan White, executive director of North Carolina Sea Grant and the Water Resources Research Institute of the University of North Carolina system. “They continue to need information and resources to respond to, recover from and anticipate both urgent and long-term coastal challenges.”

Drawing upon the success of a similar conference in 2015, the sessions will include a range of critical issues, including:

  • weather, storms and climate;
  • community and ecosystem health;
  • fisheries and aquaculture; and
  • planning and economics.

Experts from the fields of economics, transportation, energy, environment, industry and health will lead interdisciplinary sessions designed to bring together diverse perspectives. The program includes a networking reception on April 4 at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Research Center in Raleigh.

The conference goal is to energize new and continued partnerships that can actively work toward solutions to benefit coastal communities, economies and ecosystems. “We are looking forward to our team and funded researchers joining in discussions with partners from across the state — including leaders from local, state and federal government; business and industry; community organizations; and educators,” White adds.

Registration and other details are available at

Sponsorship opportunities are also available for the conference. “We see sponsorships as critical to helping us cover the costs for student participation. They are our future leaders and need to be part of these discussions,” White notes.

See the sponsorship flyer or contact White at or 919-515-2455 for more information.


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