March Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Emily Garlich of Kamilche Sea Farms, winner for the March Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100.

“The blue mussels growing on longlines of our mussel farm are busy feeding. White sea anemones are growing with them. The mussels are sucking in sea water filtering out phytoplankton helping to keep phytoplankton blooms in check. You can see their mantles, the tissue just inside the shell, making a siphon to channel the water over the gills toward the mouth for feeding.”

Ebb and Flow Film Screening & Reception, March 26th 2-5pm

‘Ebb and Flow’: A Japanese-American family, an oyster, and how they influenced Pacific NW history

Ebb and Flow follows Jerry (Eiichi) Yamashita, as he recounts his
family history from the despair of the Japanese internment camps,
to his father’s pioneering efforts in the 1930’s to save the Pacific
Northwest shellfish industry from total collapse.

With the help of rare archival footage, the film begins with his
father’s decision to immigrate to America in 1900, and spans three generations of entrepreneurial spirit and triumph, while facing unending struggle and uncertainty.

Screening at South Puget Sound Community College, 2011 Mottman Rd SW, Olympia, Washington 98512

Reception includes local oyster raw bar, shellfish hors d’oeuvres prepared by Xinh Dwelley, small bites, and organic wines.

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Adult: $30
Senior (+65) and Military: $25
Students and Youth (21 and under): $20
Includes a $3 Washington Center service fee

Tickets available at Washington Center for the
Performing Arts Box Office
(360) 753-8585

Film produced by Leaping Frog Films
Event hosted by the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association

Pacific Oyster Broodstock Repository Coordinator–Bay Center, Willapa

The following description includes skills required to manage the general day-to-day husbandry of Pacific oyster broodstock on a mid-sized, intertidal, raised-gear oyster farm; with the goal of rearing broodstock to breeding maturity, and maintaining an inventory of usable broodstock for a variety of breeding purposes:

Broodstock Repository Farm coordinator – Broodstock 2017

Please respond with cover letter, and resume, or any questions to: StuartT@taylorshellfish.com

Or mail to: Attention: Stuart Thomas, 130 SE Lynch Road, Shelton, WA, 98584

Broodstock Repository Farm Worker–Bay Center, Willapa

Taylor Shellfish Farms, one of the largest producers of farmed shellfish in North America, is seeking an active individual with the understanding of Pacific oyster broodstock to join their tight-knit team.

For complete position description, requirements, and benefits read the job posting below.

Broodstock Repository Farm Worker – Bay Center, Willapa 2017

Please respond with cover letter, and resume, or any questions to: StuartT@taylorshellfish.com

Or mail to: Taylor Shellfish, Attention: Stuart Thomas, 130 SE Lynch Road, Shelton, WA, 98584

Taylor Shellfish seeking Willapa Bay Assistant Farm Manager

Taylor Shellfish Farms is one of the largest producers of farmed shellfish in North America.  The company is quickly growing in sustainable shellfish farming with new techniques and innovative growing methods.

The Willapa Bay assistant farm manager position is an on the ground position. Attendance on the tide is required be it day or night. Assisting the farm manager in organizing and coordinating employees and activities that occur on the described farm will be required in this position.
For responsibilities, required skills, and requirements please see the complete job description below.

Assistant Farm Manager – Willapa Bay

Please submit applications/resume’s by March 31st, 2017.
Please submit one of two ways, either via email to:
courtneyh@taylorshellfish.com
or send by mail to:
Courtney Hansen
130 SE Lynch Rd
Shelton, WA 98584

Job Opportunity at The Maine Aquaculture Association, Outreach & Development Specialist

The Maine Aquaculture Association (MAA) is a nonprofit aquatic farmers association committed to the responsible and sustainable development of aquaculture in Maine and the United States. For over forty years MAA has advocated for member interests and working waterfronts, educated the public and policy makers about aquaculture and developed new and progressive farming methods designed to reduce environmental impacts while growing safe, healthy seafood.

MAA is seeking an enthusiastic and energetic individual to join the MAA team to focus on communications and outreach. The new position will focus on building the associations capacity to effectively communicate its members activities, coordinate with likeminded organizations and improve member services. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, creative, have excellent writing skills and a working knowledge of web site construction and social media. Skills in photography and videography and a knowledge of the aquaculture field will be considered additional assets. The position will report directly to the MAA executive director.

For key responsibilities, needed qualifications and experiences, and how to apply please view the complete job description below.

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Ecosystem Services Photo Contest February Winner!

Congratulations to PCSGA Member and WA shellfish grower, Daniel Hanson @ HC Snail, WINNER of $100 and the February Ecosystem Services Photo Contest!!

“A Sea Cucumber (Actinopyga echinites) reclining in my grandson’s hands after being found under a grow bag on Hood Canal, near Union. Sea cucumbers serve a useful role in the marine ecosystem as they help recycle nutrients, breaking down detritus and other organic matter after which bacteria can continue the degradation process. Numerous small animals can live in symbiosis or commensalism with sea cucumbers, as well as some parasites.”

 

Bellingham Technical College Fisheries Instructor

Bellingham Technical College invites applications for one full-time one year temporary faculty assignment in the Fisheries and Aquaculture Sciences program. Continuation of position will be reviewed each fiscal year and is dependent upon funding. The position reports to the Dean of Professional Technical Education and is anticipated to begin in September, 2017.

The Fisheries & Aquaculture Sciences program prepares students for employment in a variety of fisheries occupations with emphasis on fish culture and aquaculture. Teaching content includes such subjects as: Aquatic Invertebrate Biology, Salmonid Biology, Fish and Shellfish Biology, Aquaculture Techniques, Hatchery Operations, Water Quality, Spawning and Sampling Techniques, Habitat Restoration Techniques, Fisheries Management, the Ecology of Rivers, Lakes and Streams and other related courses.

For position duties, responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply please view the job description below.

Final Fisheries posting Feb 21 2017 wout supp

Broodstock Development Hatchery Technician

Taylor Shellfish Farms is seeking a detail-driven employee to work closely with the Broodstock Development Manager as well as the other hatchery staff to breed and test future broodstock lines from selected stocks. Everyday tasks require extensive attention to detail and sterile techniques to prevent contamination between families. This is a very physically active position including repetitive lifting of 2 gallon buckets, standing and working on concrete floors and working long hours on occasion.

For benefits, requirements, and how to apply click on the job description below.

Research Hatchery Tech

Shellfish Nursery Worker–Totten Inlet, Olympia WA

Taylor Shellfish Farms, one of the largest producers of farmed shellfish in North America, is seeking a Shellfish Nursery Worker. This is an entry level position that will support the raising of clam and oyster seed on Totten Inlet rafts. The position maintains the health of seed by routine cleaning and care. Full time and seasonal positions available. Position may require working weekends.

For responsibilities, required skills, physical demands and benefits see the job description below.

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Submit completed applications to Courtney Hansen at courtneyh@taylorshellfish.com

Shellfish Project Coordinator

The Willapa – Grays Harbor Oyster Growers Association has an opening for a Project Coordinator.  The Project Coordinator is responsible to define, coordinate, manage, participate in, and follow to completion projects related to shellfish farming while reporting to a diverse Board of Directors.  Requires a self-starting, dedicated, and committed person with ability to work independently, and who can assist in pursuing the best interests of the shellfish farming community in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor.  The ideal candidate will have experience in the day to day operations of an association as well as project management with an emphasis on technical agriculture type reporting, scheduling, budgeting, computer skills, and team skills.  Knowledge and experience with integrated pest management plans a plus. (more…)

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.

Job Announcement: Nisqually Indian Tribe Shellfish Farm Technician

Nisqually Indian Tribe is seeking a Shellfish Farm Technician. This is an entry level position responsible for performing basic shellfish duties under direct supervision.

For a complete job description follow the link below

Shellfish Farm Technician

Contact Nisqually HR at 360-486-9558 or click here to apply

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.”

Job Announcement: Assistant Specialist in Cooperative Extension–Aquaculture Specialist, Dept. of Animal Science

The University of California Davis Campus is currently seeking applicants for a Specialist in Cooperative Extension (CE) to join the faculty at the Assistant rank in the field of aquaculture.

A Cooperative Extension (CE) Specialist is being recruited to conduct and develop an extension education and outreach program that extends aquaculture information to various clientele (e.g., commercial aquaculture producers, state and federal agencies and the general public) including under‐represented groups. The successful candidate must possess the ability to conduct original applied research resulting in information that can be applied toward the advancement of commercial aquaculture.

For job responsibilities, qualifications and how to apply follow the link below:

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November Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to the November WINNER of thenov-2016-winner-lisa-long Ecosystem Services Photo Contest, Lisa Long Rock Point Oyster Company.

A very large school of young Perch seek food from the crew sorting oysters and refuge from predators under our dock in Tarboo, North Dabob. At times, there were so many you could barely see the bottom under the dock!

Job Announcement: Nisqually Indian Tribe

Nisqually Indian Tribe is seeking a knowledgeable, full-time Shellfish Farm Supervisor who will be responsible for providing crew supervision, leadership and oversight of the Nisqually Tribe’s 120 acre Shellfish Farm located in Henderson Inlet. Duties, responsibilities, and requirements are listed in the Job Announcement below.

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Roger Williams University seeking Shellfish Hatchery Manager

Blount Research Shellfish Hatchery at Roger Williams University is currently looking to hire a shellfish hatchery manager. This is a full-time, year round position working within RWU’s Center for Economic and Environmental Development to operate a small research/production hatchery. Blount Research Hatchery produces oysters, quahogs, and an assortment of bivalves mollusks for public and private aquaculture efforts in Rhode Island.

For Full Job Description & How to Apply Click Here

70th Annual Shellfish Conference, Chelan, WA

The 70th Annual Shellfish Growers Conference and Tradeshow came to a close on October 14th. It was an incredible week of learning, networking and celebrating all things shellfish. Thank you to all the #pcsga growers and allied members for participating and contributing, and Pacific Coast Section of the National Shellfisheries Association students and volunteers. Thank you to all who attended.

Couldn’t make it to this year’s conference? Read Student abstracts here and check out what went on in Chelan with these hashtags: #chelanigans #shellfish70 #campbellsresort #freshwater #shucked

Join us for the 71st Annual Shellfish Conference! September 18-21, 2017 at The Resort at The Mountain, Welches, OR.

PCSGA & CoastSavers Beach Clean-up, Willapa Bay & Grays Harbor, WA

Coastal shellfish growers in Willapa Bay and Grays Harbor WA, pitch in where it really counts! During the weekend of September 17-18, these shellfish farmers removed over 10,000 pounds of marine debris from their farms and upland areas! Partnering with the WA CoastSavers community cleanup for the International Coastal Cleanup, PCSGA paid for a half-dozen dumpsters along the south coast using SLURP funds. Jon Schmidt of WA CoastSavers said the donation saved CoastSavers an estimated $2,500 in dumpster rental and disposal costs. This was a great collaboration and joined recognition of coastal responsibly!

http://www.peninsuladailynews.com/news/volunteers-clear-tons-of-trash-from-coastal-strait-beaches/