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July Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

July Winner Brian SheldonThe July Winner of the Ecosystem Photo Contest is Brian Sheldon of Northern Oyster Co.! This photo shows the diversity of fauna growing on their float which provides an array of services for many non-shellfish species about 9 months per year. There are no anti fouling materials used in the construction of the float, so the submerged portion becomes heavily covered every year.

JUNE ECOSYSTEM SERVICES PHOTO CONTEST WINNER

June winner Nyle TaylorCongratulations to June’s Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner … Nyle Taylor!! Harvesting geoduck loosened the sand just enough to allow scoter ducks to easily pluck ghost shrimp out of the ground. The ducks were not scared of the diver and at one point, came and grabbed a shrimp out of the diver’s hand! — at Taylor Shellfish Farms.

Washington Shellfish Week

Shellfish week logoGovernor Inslee has declared June 4-11, 2016 as Shellfish Week to celebrate the important place that shellfish play in Washington state’s heritage. Community events are being offered to share love for all things shellfish. A calendar of specific shellfish activities during this week are listed here: https://aquaculture.wsg.uw.edu/

There are many wonderful opportunities, and PCSGA encourages you to participate with your family and friends. Share your experience at WA shellfish week with the social media hashtag: #digWAshellfish

Washington Shellfish Week

Shellfish week logoGovernor Inslee has declared June 4-11, 2016 as Shellfish Week to celebrate the important place that shellfish play in Washington state’s heritage. Community events are being offered to share love for all things shellfish. A calendar of specific shellfish activities during this week are listed here: https://aquaculture.wsg.uw.edu/

There are many wonderful opportunities, and PCSGA encourages you to participate with your family and friends. Share your experience at WA shellfish week with the social media hashtag: #digWAshellfish

 

 

May Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

May 2016 winner Brad Woolf

Congratulations to Brad Woolf — Winner of $100 for his photo and caption submitted to the PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest for May!!

Harbor seal hauled out on mussel rafts in Quilcene Bay. They commonly haul out on the rafts to rest and warm-up after feeding. The seals grow accustomed to workers on the rafts and behave similar to a neighborhood dog who will put up with your presence as long as you do not get too close. The mussel rafts provide not only a safe haul out location, but also act as a magnet for food sources such on which the seals like to feed. — at Penn Cove Shellfish.

April Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

April winner Zach Loescher

Zach Loescher is the April winner for the Ecosystem Services Photo Contest. Juvenile pink salmon finding protection while foraging food among our mussel lines. The mussel lines contain numerous types of zooplankton and marine invertebrates such as amphipods, isopods, and annelid and polychaete worms for the juvenile salmon to dine on as they adjust from their riverine to saltwater environment.

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