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.
Such services include:
- improved water quality
- habitat and protection for marine animals
- pollination for plants
- soil fertility
- forage opportunities
- carbon and nutrient sequestration
We need your photos to help document these important ecological benefits! Submit your own photo and win a cash prize!
July 2017 Winner – Margaret Homerding
Photo by Margaret Homerding
Capture an example of ecosystem services and submit it online. All submissions will become the property of PCSGA and will not be returned. Photos will be posted on the PCSGA website and Facebook page – and may be reprinted for use in promotional, research and/or marketing material.
A $100 prize will be awarded each month to the photo that best illustrates ecosystem services. In addition, 1st, 2nd and 3rd place overall winners will be awarded prize money totaling $1,000 at PCSGA’s Annual Conference! You do not need to be present to win.
Submit your photo via email to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of each month. Submissions must include:
Brief 1-2 sentence explanation of ecosystem service illustrated in photo