Job Opportunity as Shellfish Hatchery Technician with Manatee Holdings Ltd

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!

August ecosystem services photo contest winner

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.


Have you registered for our 71st Annual Conference & Tradeshow yet?

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)

National Oyster Day ~ PCSGA on Good Morning America

National Oyster Day with PCSGA’s very own grower members, Dennis Reece & Board Member Miranda Ries of Pacific Seafood on the Good Morning America Show giving a shucking demonstration. Bravo Miranda & Dennis, excellent representation! We are very proud.

Watch the full video.

#nationaloysterday #PCSGA 

Allyn Days & Geoduck Festival 2017

PCSGA had a great day at Allyn Days & Geoduck Festival last Sunday! Thank you to all the volunteers and staff who were a part of this event. We enjoyed all the smiles and conversation about #geoduck and the shellfish industry. And big thanks to Taylor Shellfish Farms for cooking lunch at the event!!



#DigWAshellfish #digaduck #lowtide #digdeep #giantclam #geoduckwonton #locallygrown #sustainablefood

Washington State Department of Agriculture
Washington Grown
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
The Nature Conservancy in Washington
The Port Of Allyn
Geoduck Restaurant & Lounge


Volunteer Dan Hansen explaining the geoduck to a young event attendee.













Ben the Geoduck is the star of the show much to the delight of several young visitors.









Thank you to Taylor Shellfish Farms for donating the animals for our ice table.









Special thank you to Reporter Dan Kampa from the Shelton-Mason County Journal for taking the time to visit our booth & for featuring PCSGA in the Journal, front page no less, see below. ( .








Staff member Tamara Piñero, Administrative Assistant @ PCSG.







Staffer Tamara with Volunteers Rob Snyder & Dan Hansen.








Geoduck wontons, sliders, sushi & steamer clams from the Taylor Shellfish Farms food booth, featuring Xinh’s & The Boat House on North Bay in Allyn, WA.








Families having fun at the PCSGA booth with our star, Ben.










Always a fun & surprisingly popular feature of the booth are the geoduck kissing photos. We had many takers! 






July ecosystem services photo contest winner

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.



The Biggest Battle in Five Generations

As part of their United States of Climate Change series The Weather Channel has posted a story written by Lisa Stiffler (formerly with the Seattle PI) on the impacts of Ocean Acidification on the oyster industry, highlighting Taylor Shellfish Farms –  Deaths of baby oysters in the Pacific Northwest are happening at an alarming rate because of increasing ocean acidification due to climate change. For shellfish farmers and the area that depends on them, it’s a more unwieldy foe than they’ve ever confronted.

Shellfish are an indicator species used as biomonitors of health in marine and estuarine environments. For decades, shellfish growers have advocated for research, regulation, and public education to preserve water quality and curb pollution (eg. pulp mill toxins, septic and livestock waste, stormwater runoff). But the new threat lapping at their shore is a much bigger, more unwieldy foe than they’ve ever confronted… ocean acidification. “We’ve been able to tell a story about it,” Bill Taylor said. “Most people are talking theory, but we’re talking about something that happens.”


#acidification #carbonatechemistry #babyoysters #burkelator #pnw #canaryinthecoalmine #indicatorspecies #familybusiness

Can Farming the Ocean Help Save the Planet?

The The Nature Conservancy acknowledges the direct environmental benefits of farmed shellfish and believes shellfish aquaculture could save the planet!! “Aquaculture, particularly of shellfish and seaweed, is one area in which business and the environment are aligned. And creating more business opportunities for these types of aquaculture can actually benefit the environment. Farming these organisms takes “near zero input” — they require no land, freshwater, feed or fertilizers to produce. From an ecological standpoint, they just might be the closest thing to a “free lunch” that we can get.” Read full article here.

#freelunch #lowtide #oysterfarm #clamfarm #geoduckfarm #musselfarm #sustainable #localfood #responsiblefood #ilovemyjob #shucknjive