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Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

WINNER of January Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100 is Steve Seymour from Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. Here, he shows a male plain fin midshipman guarding the spawn on the underside of a mesh growout bag which provides a hard protected surface. Needless to say, bags with spawn are left in place for 3-4 weeks.

Thank you too all who submitted photos for this month’s contest. February 15th is the next deadline for the Ecosystem Services Photo Contest.

Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner–December

Congratulations to December’s WINNER of the PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100, Zach Loescher of Penn Cove Shellfish.

“Getting ready to release a young octopus which rode a mussel line up the harvest conveyor. Octopus like the abundance and variety of food such as shrimp and small crabs which live among the mussel lines. The suspended lines of a mussel raft are similar to a small forest in that they provide a place for many species to call home or to find food or safety.”