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Ecosystem Services Photo Competition

Paul TaylorHelp tell the Shellfish Farming Ecosystem Services Story with Your Photo – Next Deadline: June 15th

Shellfish culture plays a vital role in providing natural ecosystem services to all living things in our marine environment. Ecosystem services are the beneficial ecological processes or outcomes which result from shellfish farming that we often take for granted. 

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May Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

May 2016 winner Brad Woolf

Congratulations to Brad Woolf — Winner of $100 for his photo and caption submitted to the PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest for May!!

Harbor seal hauled out on mussel rafts in Quilcene Bay. They commonly haul out on the rafts to rest and warm-up after feeding. The seals grow accustomed to workers on the rafts and behave similar to a neighborhood dog who will put up with your presence as long as you do not get too close. The mussel rafts provide not only a safe haul out location, but also act as a magnet for food sources such on which the seals like to feed. — at Penn Cove Shellfish.

For Sale: May West — 40′ oyster dredge

May West: 40′ oyster dredge. Bateau style built in 1935, refitted and re-nailed in 1981. Stainless over wood deck, maintained and hauled annually, hauls 700 bushels shell, 650 bushels oysters, 18 yards gravel, etc. Draws 33″ empty.  Uses foot operated cat winches. 3″ hyd deck pump. Twin disc manual gear. Keel cooled. Grey Marine Detroit 671.

She has been hauled annually and serviced at South Bend Boat.  Was taken out of service in February 2016.  Engine is stuck for some reason.  Have another engine either 671 or 471 with low hours that goes with the boat.  When taken out of service the boat was fully functional, but could use some upgrades.  We simply outgrew the boat, but she did the job for us for many years.  She’s been used for picking tubs, mechanical harvesting, towing, transporting shell-shell bags-gravel-tubs-and a lot of general shellfish gear.  Needs some re-caulking in the aft and forward deck.

Asking $30,000 with extra motor.

Contact Brian Sheldon at (360) 244-9695 with questions

Mae West with Shell      maywest1

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April Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

April winner Zach Loescher

Zach Loescher is the April winner for the Ecosystem Services Photo Contest. Juvenile pink salmon finding protection while foraging food among our mussel lines. The mussel lines contain numerous types of zooplankton and marine invertebrates such as amphipods, isopods, and annelid and polychaete worms for the juvenile salmon to dine on as they adjust from their riverine to saltwater environment.