April Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Weatherly Bates

“Seaweed including Sugar Kelp, Alaria and dulse form a dense underwater forest on our oyster longlines every spring in Alaska. Kelp forests have an extensive diversity of plants and animals; Including marine mammals, urchins, Fish and crustacean, that rely on the Kelp as habitat and for food. This Kelp community contributes significantly to the productivity of the environment. In addition, Kelp has the potential to reduce ocean acidification as it grows quickly taking up carbon dioxide from the seawater. By providing a surface for Kelp to grow on, our oyster farm provides a multitude of environmental benefits to our local ecosystem..”

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Outreach and Projects Coordinator, 30 – 40 hours per week – PCSGA

The function of the Outreach and Projects Coordinator is to support PCSGA in Growers and Allied membership services and engagement, internal and external communication strategy, publication production, and coordination of Association activities.

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Please submit your materials to conniesmith@pcsga.org

 

Washington Shellfish Week (April 15-21)

Washingtonians make hundreds of thousands of trips each year to harvest razor clams on the coast and clams and oysters throughout Puget Sound. Tribal communities have harvested shellfish for generations, feeding their communities with healthy protein from Puget Sound and coastal shores where many continue to make a living and practice a way of life. The shellfish industry is a foundation of Western Washington’s rural economy and an important part of our state’s heritage.

For calendar of events, visit: https://aquaculture.wsg.uw.edu
Follow social media hashtag: #digWAshellfish

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February Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Weatherly Bates

“The giant Pacific Octopus, just one of the many creatures that utilize our farm as habitat. This juvenile octopus was found inside an oyster shell. Oyster shells provide perfect habitat for juvenile octopus and there are ample invertebrates thriving in the oyster cages that the octopus eat. Another reason farming oysters is great for the environment— by providing habitat for invertebrates, like the octopus.”

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