Manatee Holdings Ltd is seeking an energetic individual to join the team at its shellfish hatchery near Courtenay, BC. Hatchery operations are focused on commercial production of geoduck and oyster seed as well as research and development of emerging aquaculture species such as sea urchins. The company has pioneered geoduck culture in BC and currently manages an ocean farm in addition to its onshore facility. The successful candidate will work with the hatchery team to meet the ever changing needs of shellfish hatchery production. Please see full job description HERE!
Congratulations to the winner of this month’s Ecosystem Services Photo Contest, Duane Fagergren of Calm Cove Oyster Co.
Under this mat of green macro algae (Enteromorpha sp) lies this year’s crop of yearling single Pacifics. The oysters consume phytoplankton, and excrete feces, pseudo feces, and ammonia in a mixture that serves to fertilize this luxurious crop of seaweed. The lush crop also provides habitat for crab (graceful crabs mostly) and fish (shiner perch, stag horn sculpin, and bay pipefish). The downside of this heavy growth is a mat that makes oysters grow slower, clams come to the surface of the beach and can’t dig themselves back in, and likely oxygen debt as the algae naturally dies and decomposes.
Thank you to all who submitted some great photos this month.
Photos and captions for the next contest are due September 15th. Contest link for details to enter.
Be sure to sign up for the 71st Annual Shellfish Growers Conference & Tradeshow in Welches, OR this year at The Resort at The Mountain.
NOTE: The Resort at The Mountain is now fully booked Sept. 19-20. The resort recommends a reservation at Whispering Woods Resort. Be sure to ask both resorts about adding your name to a waiting list in case there are last-minute cancellations. There are several other options for hotels near by. See Best Western Mt. Hood (15 minutes away)
Congratulations to Margaret Homerding at Nisqually Indian Tribe, July winner of the PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100! She shows how oysters provide valuable structure and habitat!
Thank you to all of this month’s participants. Photos and captions for the next contest are due August 15th. See contest link on PCSGA website for details.