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4th annual Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony

A Sustainable Seafood Sensation

Celebrating the Maritime Community

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Port Pavilion on Broadway Pier,  San Diego, CA

Reception 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Dinner & Awards 7:00 – 9:30 pm (seating begins at 6:30)
Cost:  $75 per person
Table Sponsorship: $1,000 for table of 8; proceeds benefit OceanSTEM

The Maritime Gala Dinner is held in conjunction with the 4th annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit. Each event requires separate admission. The final panel of the Summit on Seafood Technology and the reception are open to all attendees. Although the dinner is co-located with the conference, it is truly a community event celebrating all things maritime in San Diego and around the world.

San Diego has a rich maritime history and today is one of the leading centers for maritime technology. The dinner and awards ceremony provide a great opportunity to honor our maritime heritage and recognize outstanding achievements that continue that tradition of excellence in the Maritime Industry – San Diego’s largest.

This annual community celebration of all things maritime is also an excellent opportunity to support OceanSTEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the maritime realm. Of course we recognize outstanding teaching and community outreach with awards, but we also include other ways to recognize valuable community activities and programs, and more importantly to engage the students. Read on below for more information about OceanSTEM opportunities you can support at this event.


Sustainable Seafood Sensation, Co-Hosted by Chef Andrew Spurgin

Chef Andrew Spurgin

The Maritime Alliance is extremely pleased to once again be hosting what can only be described as a sustainable seafood sensation for its Maritime Gala Dinner & Awards Ceremony. Building on the success of last year’s event, TMA has partnered with renowned Consulting Chef/Event Architect Andrew Spurgin to co-host the 4th annual Maritime Gala Dinner.

Since the early 2000s, Andrew has received numerous accolades and recognized as best caterer in San Diego, California, the West, and the Nation. His commitment to sustainable seafood stretches over nearly two decades, during which time he has played key roles developing or founding curricula, programs and organizations including Passionfish, Cooks Confab, and “Green Chefs Blue Oceans”. Most recently he was honored with the Roger Revelle Award by San Diego Oceans Foundation, given annually to the San Diegan who has made a significant contribution to man’s ability to coexist with the marine environment.

We are very excited to be working with someone who has such profound passion for sustainable seafood and incredible talent to orchestrate culinary artistry and expertise to delight the senses.

The reception and dinner will feature locally sourced oysters, mussels, sea urchin, and other shellfish, swordfish, California yellowtail, and whatever else our local fishermen and farmers of the sea can coax from local waters in early November. Special thanks and much gratitude go to the San Diego Fishermen’s Working Group, Driscoll’s Wharf, Carlsbad Aquafarms and Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute Marine Fish Hatchery for their generous contributions to this maritime feast.

The All-Star Culinary Team

As event co-host, Chef Spurgin has invited some of the region’s top chefs, each lending their talent and time to support sustainable seafood and provide a meal like no other. We would like to introduce the lineup of incredible talent behind the production of what is sure to be an amazing culinary maritime adventure. Be sure to check back soon for the complete menu and other updates!

Shihomi Borillo – Sushi Bar

Shihomi is the executive chef/co-owner of Azuki Sushi.
Their philosophy is enshrined in four traditional Japanese concepts:
Shinsen (Quality), Sozai (Ingredients), Shun (Seasonal), Shiawase (Happiness)

Ricardo Heredia – hors d’oeuvres

Alchemy Cultural Fare is a multifaceted company that serves various sections of the food system through their flagship restaurant in South Park and custom catering company. Executive Chef Ricardo Heredia has created an approachable and creative street food-focused menu that draws on his childhood influences as well as techniques and flavors from various cultures including Spain, Mexico, Italy and France. The fundamental foundation of Alchemy’s food lies in the fresh, high-quality produce, poultry and meats delivered daily, much of which is purveyed locally. Alchemy fosters ongoing community-driven initiatives including food education for youth and adults through their Scratch Culinary Education program.

Jenn Felmley – hors d’oeuvres

Jennifer is passionate about food and she teaches with an infectious enthusiasm. Her passion for the subject and desire to impart her knowledge, which she does with warmth and verve, cannot fail to fire those fortunate enough to be her pupils.

Tommy Fraioli

Tommy Fraioli, executive chef at Sea Rocket Bistro, has cooked for celebrities at ChefDance, the Sundance Film Festival’s premier culinary event, but it’s his commitment to serve the freshest local seafood, organic produce and pastured meats to diners at the cozy North Park eatery whose kitchen he helms that makes Sea Rocket Bistro San Diego’s preeminent sustainable seafood restaurant. Prior to joining Sea Rocket, Fraioli was sous chef and kitchen manager at Bing Crosby’s, a swanky supper club in Mission Valley.

Andrew Spurgin – appetizer

Andrew has designed events and prepared menus and events honoring dignitaries and a host of glitterati over the last three decades. He has cooked for—among others—three U.S. presidents, Martha Stewart, Dr. Jane Goodall, and at the renowned James Beard House in New York City.

Donald Coffman – appetizer

Donald has a unique cooking style; he particularly enjoys incorporating environmentally friendly ingredients into menus and revamping dated recipes.

Olivier Bioteau – soup

Olivier started cooking 20 years ago as a child in the Loire Valley. Olivier attended culinary school in Saumur, France, at the age of 15, and after graduating he quickly moved up to fine dining and serving at L’Elysee, the French Whitehouse, for President Mitterrand. Olivier worked in some of the finest French Michelin starred resorts before moving to work at L’Aventure Restaurant. Upon reaching American soil, Olivier has worked for some of the finest restaurants in San Diego for over 18 years. On February 1, 2008, Olivier realized his lifelong dream and opened his own restaurant, The Farm House Café in University Heights, offering rustic, farm fresh, country French cuisine.

Katie Grebow – soup

Katie met the future owners of Café Chloe while working at Rice, the restaurant at the Hotel W in San Diego. Katie’s cooking interests lie in the creative expression of cultural heritage, using regional ingredients and a rustic style. She also has a fondness for artisanal cheeses and has taught cooking classes on the subject.

Matt Gordon – entree

Matt’s philosophy in the kitchen? Work hard and have a great time doing it! His goal has always been to create a dynamic and fun environment for his staff so that they enjoy coming to work as much as he does.

Amy DiBiase – entree

A member of San Diego’s Cooks Confab, a group of San Diego chefs who promote local, sustainable and responsible menus, DiBiase also donates time to local events and charities, including the San Diego Center for Children, the Center for Community Solutions, Chef Celebration, and Olivewood Gardens.

Jack Fisher – dessert

For years, he has hovered near the apex of San Diego’s sugar hill, serving up intricate, cutting edge desserts; delectable masterpieces that would look at home in any of the world’s upper echelon temples of haute cuisine. Although he dares to delve into ingredients and flavor combinations that go beyond the chocolate, peanut butter, caramel norm, Fisher has yet to disappoint.


Guest Speaker – Amos Nachoum

Amos Nachoum is a photographer and explorer. He has shot just about everything there is to shoot, but what he loves most is wildlife photography. Especially if it’s in the water. And he has become world-famous at it. So much so, in fact, that he has been asked to lead National Geographic expedition teams with Dr. Eugenie Clark, Dr. Sylvia Earle, and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. He has co-produced documentaries with Stan Waterman, and he was the team leader for National Geographic’s Red Sea, Great White Shark, and Killer Whale photo expeditions. He spoke at a TEDx conference, and the video of that talk, titled “No Demons of the Sea”, can be viewed here.
Check out some of Amos’ photography — at the bottom of the page — of great white sharks swimming off the coast of Guadalupe, Mexico.


2012 Maritime Awards

For the fourth year, The Maritime Alliance has collaborated with our members and organizations throughout the region to acknowledge those individuals or organizations whose achievements and contributions to the maritime community are truly exemplary in their fields. Awards are presented in two categories – recognizing contributions to the community at-large and for achievements in the technology industry.

We thank them for their outstanding contributions, which benefit the entire maritime community.

Maritime Community Awards

Alliance Building AwardSan Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. & San Diego Workforce Partnership

For their collaboration and co-sponsorship of the 2012 survey of the Maritime Industry in the San Diego region The San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. (EDC) and San Diego Workforce Partnership (SDWP) are the 2012 recipients of the Alliance Building Award. Coming together with The Maritime Alliance in early 2012, EDC and SDWP backed the most comprehensive survey of the San Diego region’s Maritime Industry. Working closely with TMA every step of the way, both EDC and the Workforce Partnership were exemplary team players in their outreach across the maritime community, collaborations with new partners, knowing when to listen and when to instruct, and mostly for their broad support of an important community too often overlooked.

Educational Outreach Award Living Coast Discovery Center (formerly Chula Vista Nature Center)

Situated on San Diego Bay and the Sweetwater Marsh National Wildlife Refuge in Chula Vista, and originally known as the Chula Vista Nature Center, the facility first opened its doors in 1987. The center’s mission is to inspire care and exploration of the living earth by connecting people with coastal animals, plants and habitats. The center welcomes nearly 70,000 visitors each year, including 400 school field trips, for hands-on exhibits and up-close encounters with more than 350 plant and animal species native to Southern California coastal habitats. The unique wildlife experience includes endangered Pacific green sea turtles, stingrays, leopard sharks, jellies, shorebirds, and a large collection of raptors such as hawks, falcons, owls, American bald eagle, golden eagle, and more.

Environmental Leadership AwardDole Fresh Fruit Company

For recognizing that everyone on the waterfront must be a responsible steward, Dole Fresh Fruit Company has been selected as the 2012 Environmental Leadership Award recipient. Business can be an important actor and agent for change through creating products and services that society values, establishing primary jobs, and efficiently using resources. Dole has deployed 11,000 new refrigerated containers since 2005, reducing emissions by 46 percent. The company has also relocated its banana transfer facility to National City, and out of Barrio Logan. This and other initiatives and practices, such as slow steaming vessels during approach and working with vendors to ensure that all trucks entering the Port have newer cleaner engines, are continuing to reduce the emissions impact felt in Barrio Logan, a historically important residential neighborhood.

International Maritime Partner Pôle Mer PACA (PMP)

Accolades for International Maritime Partner 2012 go to Pole Mer-PACA (PMP), the maritime innovation technology cluster representing the Provence, Alpes, and Cotes d’Azur region in the south of France. Following an initial PMP visit to San Diego in 2011, and a later visit to Provence by TMA President Michael Jones, the French put together an exploratory mission to San Diego in early June 2012, with the objective to develop partnerships and collaborations in mutual areas of interest. After a whirlwind introduction to a wide range of key actors, assets and organizations in the San Diego region, PMP and its partner organizations made plans for a return mission in November to coincide with the 4th annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit. Demonstrating their commitment, PMP is exploring options for long-term relationships not only with TMA but other institutions and firms, such as Scripps Institution of Oceanography and several TMA member companies.

Marine Science Teaching Award – John Ashley, Mar Vista High School, and Erica Montoya, Central Elementary

Teaching marine science is essential to encouraging interest in OceanSTEM (maritime science, technology, engineering and mathematics education). The Marine Science Teaching Award is to recognize the valuable contributions by teachers in the region to promoting STEM education. This year we received a number of outstanding nominations, but two really stood out.

At the high school level, John Ashley of the Poseidon Academy at Mar Vista High got the nod. The Poseidon Academy is an award-winning marine science academy. During their four years of high school, students in the program take a rigorous series of classes emphasizing outdoor education, hands-on learning and technical skills. For his excellence in teaching and his community outreach — last summer 75 students were placed in internships — John is a recipient of the 2012 Marine Science Teaching Award.

At Central Elementary, Erica Montoya, who teaches second and third grade, has also been recognized for her marine science work. A Tijuana River National Estuarine Research Reserve Ambassador, Erica has completed teacher training through the reserve’s education department. Erica supplements her students’ science learning by introducing marine science texts in language arts classes and through service learning. Twice a year her classes visit the Estuarine Research Reserve and help remove the non-native invasive species of plants, promoting the maintenance and health of this vital ecosystem. For her commitment to opening young minds to OceanSTEM.

Congratulations not only to Erica and John but to the community of Imperial Beach, home to both of these great resources.


Maritime Community Leadership Award Jim Unger, General Manager, Hornblower Cruises & Events; Chairman, SD Port Tenants Association

When Jim Unger was nominated for this year’s Maritime Community Leadership Award, all other competition vanished. As general manager of Hornblower Yachts & Cruises and chairman of the San Diego Port Tenants Association the last two years, Jim has demonstrated true leadership that is respected and admired by his peers and throughout the community. Early on, as TMA grappled with its ambitions to promote Blue Tech & Blue Jobs, Jim was a great supporter, not only providing assistance with an excellent conference venue aboard the Inspiration Hornblower but also arranging for Hornblower’s hybrid to be present during the conference and always offering encouraging counsel. Jim understands that every maritime asset has value to the community, and his inclusive approach has been a boon to all in the maritime community throughout San Diego County.

Sustainable Seafood AwardHubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute

For its many years of ongoing research benefiting fish populations and the environment, it was only fitting that this year’s Sustainable Seafood Award go to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute (HSWRI).

ALL HSWRI research projects have the highest goal in common — to feed people by making the best use of ocean resources and to replenish those resources. Whether they are working on culturing white sea bass and rickfish and releasing them back to the wild to maintain healthy population levels, or raising fish directly to market size for the consumer, they are trying to achieve a balance between more traditional fishing, supported by stock replenishment and farming.

Congratulations to Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute for trying to make the world a better place to live, and thank you for focusing your efforts in the community.

And presented by the Maritime Museum of San Diego

The Robert and Laura Kyle Chair in Maritime History at the Maritime Museum of San Diego – Capt. Bruce Linder (US Navy, ret.)

The Maritime Museum is proud to name Capt. Bruce Linder as the honorary Robert and Laura Kyle Chair in Maritime History at the Maritime Museum of San Diego. In addition to his distinguished naval career, his contribution to maritime enterprise subsequently, and his fine historical research and publication record, in which he has emerged as the preeminent authority on the history of the US Navy in San Diego and the history of US Navy ports in general, over the last several years Captain Linder has been a frequent and resourceful contributor to a wide spectrum of Maritime Museum projects. He was curator of the Museum’s current San Diego’s Navy exhibit, our War of 1812 and the Pacific exhibit, interpretative text exhibited both on the Californian and at the San Salavdor shipyard, author of our Museum book San Salvador: Cabrillo’s Galleon of Discovery, advisor to the narrated under way tours now being conducted by the Museum’s historic vessels Pilot and Californian, supervised the creation of paper models of the San Salvador downloadable from the Museum web site, and is one of our distinguished faculty for the Museum’s National Endowment for the Humanities Landmarks of American History course for teachers from around the nation: Empires of the Wind: The Pacific in American History. Captain Linder is also assisting editor Neva Sullaway in the compilation of an upcoming issue of the Museum academic journal Mains’l Haul devoted to the War of 1812 in the Pacific as part of the national War of 1812 commemoration. Captain Linder was also a crew member in Californian during her 2009 epic voyage calling at all eight of the California Channel Islands – the first vessel to do so in the course of a single voyage since the 18th century.

Maritime Technology Awards

Lifetime Achievement – InnovationCharlie MacVean

The winner of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award – Innovation is none other than Capt. Charlie MacVean, USN (Ret.).

Charlie served in and commanded submarines for 16 years during the during the height of the Cold War, including the USS Seawolf, whose exploits are recounted in the book Blindman’s Bluff. Charlie was selected by the Navy for graduate school, and earned a PhD in nuclear engineering from Cornell University. After leaving the Navy, Charlie joined Hydro Products in 1981 and became head of engineering. Hydro Products has been widely credited for giving rise to the maritime technology industry in San Diego for the significant product innovations over two decades. Charlie later worked at Honeywell, Horizons Technology, SAIC, and Remote Ocean Systems. He continues to serve on boards and as a consultant.

Congratulations to Charlie for a lifetime of achievement and service.

Lifetime Achievement Award – DesalinationRandy Truby

The Maritime Alliance has selected Randy Truby, a veteran of more than 40 years in the industry, to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award – Desalination 2012.

Randy graduated with distinction from San Diego State University in 1968, just four years after ROGA General Atomic had patented the first reverse osmosis (RO) membrane and giving birth to a world-class industry. The following year he went to work for ROGA as a research assistant, and for the next 40 years he played increasingly important roles throughout the industry, working for the world’s largest membrane manufacturers and serving key leadership roles at the American Membrane Technology Association and the International Desalination Association.

Randy’s tireless outreach on behalf of the industry was a boon to TMA when we were introduced in 2010. As part of our ongoing and truly never-ending education about maritime technology, Randy was invaluable in introducing many of the most successful and most innovative desal/water technology companies in the region, and it was his drive and commitment that made desalination, one of the last Blue Tech sectors to be identified by TMA, the first one to have its own Sector Working Group.

TMA Cluster Supporter of the YearBrock Rosenthal, President, Ocean Innovations

This year TMA has added a new award, honoring for the first time the individual whose support of TMA and San Diego’s Blue Tech industry has been truly exemplary, and there could hardly be a more fitting recipient than Brock Rosenthal, owner and president of Ocean Innovations, a supplier of oceanographic instruments and underwater equipment. He has worked in the maritime technology field for nearly 30 years, twice serving as chairman of the San Diego section of the Marine Technology Society and as vice president of the national board. For the past 12 years, he has been editor of the Southern California Marine Technology eNews.

Since TMA‘s inception, Brock has been our go-to person whenever a question arises about San Diego’s Blue Tech industry, and for that very reason, he was asked to contribute to the summer/fall issue of Mains’l Haul an article about San Diego’s maritime technology industry.

No one deserves this award more than Brock, and not just for a year of support, but a lifetime of support. Congratulations, Brock, for being Cluster Supporter of the Year.


Support OceanSTEM and the Future of Maritime

Sponsor a Dinner Table, Have a Great Experience, Make a Difference

TMA has been a supporter of OceanSTEM, promoting science, technology,engineering and mathematics education as it relates to the maritime realm since our inception. Over the years, we have sponsored maritime science expos and other events; every year we present awards that honor excellence in marine science teaching and educational outreach; and we have supported the County Office of Education on several grant proposals.

This year we have included some interesting work coming out of the marine biology lab of Prof. Jeremy Long in the Ecology Program Area at SDSU, whose students have created scientifically correct rap music videos on the chemical ecology and organisms of the marine environments they study. “Dropping science through intelligent lyrics and dope beats,” his students’ works can be seen on his YouTube channel Scientific MTV.

Other programs that we actively support include SDSU’s Troops to Engineers and S.E.R.V.I.C.E. (Success in Engineering for Recent Veterans through Internship and Career Experience) Programs. SDSU has one of the largest and most active Troops to Engineers programs in the country, and TMA works closely with the program to promote interest and opportunity in maritime. Sponsorships enable us to invite these incredibly dedicated and hard-working students to our events, where they have the opportunity to learn more about the industry and network. For organizations that have engineering needs — or those with interests in such companies or who care about the future of the industry — sponsoring opportunities for these engineering students through dinner Table Sponsorships is a great way increase exposure and enhance prospects and opportunity.

Other STEM-related programs and activities that we have supported or worked with in the past or are currently supporting include: FIRST Robotics, High Tech High, Living Coast Discovery Center, Maritime Academy ROP at Mar Vista High, Ocean Discovery Institute, San Diego Science Alliance, San Diego Science Festival, Sea Perch, and numerous high school classes and programs throughout the county.

We are extremely grateful to the companies and organizations that have supported the gala dinner and our education outreach efforts by purchasing Table Sponsorships. There are still sponsorships available, and we need your support in order to continue doing the work we do.

Table Sponsorship Fee: $1,000; one table for eight (8) attendees
Proceeds enable TMA to fund additional students or student groups to participate in the conference by exhibiting or demonstrating a project in the exhibit area and/or to network and attend the dinner & awards. For more information, contact Executive Director Bill Riedy today, or call 619-450-4600 x182.

Buy Individual Tickets or Purchase a Table Sponsorship Now

Many thanks to the Table Sponsors for their financial support


Seafood Technology & Sustaining Our Supply

Panel Discussion: 4:00 – 5:00 pm

Because of opportunities throughout the Blue Economy — opportunities that intersect with Blue Tech and traditional industries — Blue Tech truly is at the nexus of sustainable job creation and economic security. As the theme of the 4th annual Blue Tech & Blue Economy Summit, being held from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm at the Port Pavilion on Nov. 7, the TMA Seafood Technology Sector Working Group (SWG) will discuss the very real and attainable potential for the region to not only develop a sustainable seafood industry but to create more than 6,000 jobs and add nearly $1 billion in annual revenues to the region.

Consider the following facts:

  • U.S. imports 80 percent of its fish and seafood ($15 billion a year)
  • Half of the world’s seafood is farmed; 70 percent from countries in Asia where U.S. standards do not apply
  • Southern California fishermen landed $97 million of all marine species in 2010
  • One square mile of offshore aquaculture could yield landed catch of $900 million (at $6/k for white sea bass)
  • This would support 6,000 seafood jobs in Southern California
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The U.S., and San Diego in particular, is a leader in the development of offshore aquaculture technology but seriously lags the world in its deployment. San Diego already has the infrastructure to support a major seafood industry — it was once the commercial seafood capital of the world.

The Seafood Technology panel will address the issues hindering and necessary to make San Diego once again a world leader in seafood production, but in a sustainable manner, thus contributing to the Port’s bottom line and more importantly the long-term economic prosperity of the region.

Purchase of a dinner ticket includes attendance to the Seafood Technology & Sustainability panel beginning at 4:00 pm. Attendance at the rest of the Blue Tech Summit requires a separate registration.


GO Biz Promotes California Maritime

Business & Economic Development Support from Sacramento

A senior official from the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO Biz) wraps up the conference sessions with a closing address on how Sacramento can help industry — and in particular the Blue Economy — succeed and thrive in the state of California. Find out what can be done, particularly in dealing with onerous regulatory burdens, and how we can help move forward and capitalize on economic opportunities throughout the maritime industries.

The cocktail and seafood reception will immediately follow the GO Biz speaker.



Our Institutional Sponsors


Our Sustainable Seafood Partners, for their Great Generosity


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