June Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Dillon McEdward, winner of $100 and the PCSGA’s June Ecosystem Services Photo Contest!! 

His picture is of a large Stellar Sea Lion hauled out on a mussel rafts in Quilcene Bay, WA. Shellfish rafts play an accessory role as a safe haul out site for marine mammals, one which is away from beach disturbances and provides quick access to the water for feeding. Rafts also provide quick escape for sea lions and seals when orcas are present.

Submissions for the next photo contest are due on July 15th. The contest is open to the public. Find more information here: http://pcsga.org/ecosystems-services-photo-competition/ — at Quilcene Bay.

May Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Brian Kingzett is the winner of May’s Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100!!

Here, he shows Short Billed Dowitchers feeding in a complex of eelgrass and oysters at Goose Point Oysters in Willapa Bay. This complex of oysters and eelgrass produces biofilms and habitat for numerous small prey items for foraging shorebirds.

Submissions for the next photo contest are due on the June 15th. The contest is open to the public. Find more information here: http://pcsga.org/ecosystems-services-photo-competition/ — with Brian Kingzett at Willapa Bay.

April Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Bill Dewey, the winner of the April PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100!! The photo shows a variety of macroalgae growing on the PVC nursery tubes and net tops on our Fisk Bar geoduck farm in Samish Bay Taylor Shellfish Farms. It also shows the eelgrass starting to fill back in around the tubes.

 

 

Submissions due on the 15th of every month. Contest is open to the public. Find more information here: http://pcsga.org/ecosystems-services-photo-competition/

 

Taylor Shellfish Customer Services & Marketing Administrator

The Customer Service & Marketing Administrator will be responsible for marketing, maintenance, and fulfillment of the Taylor Shellfish Farms ecommerce business. The administrator will be responsible for developing ecommerce promotional marketing campaigns, answering all customer service related calls and email and further development of the ecommerce product line. In addition, the position will work with the shipping team to order, pack and ship direct to consumers and chefs while meeting Taylor Shellfish’s quality guidelines. Customer Service and Marketing Ecommerce Job Desctription

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

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.

maa job description 2017 outreach and education

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.”