“If you don’t love life you can’t enjoy an oyster; there is a shock of freshness to it and intimations of the ages of man, some piercing intuition of the sea and all its weeds and breezes. They shiver you for a split second.” – Eleanor Clark
Lisa Carleton captures, “Shore crabs staying warm in our trays under the oysters at our Hood Canal property,” and $100 bucks! Please submit your photo for the February contest! *Start Clickin’* Send a pic and caption to firstname.lastname@example.org by the 15th of every month for a chance to win!
Mytilus trossulus filter 2-3 liters of water per hour while they feed and respire. Just one 40′ x 40′ stocked mussel raft can filter 3 million liters of water per hour. By filtering water, mussels positively effects nutrient and sediment removal. Some Nutrients are made into the body tissues of mussels that we later eat, the rest is excreted as waste which ends up on the seafloor, helping stimulate the rate of decomposition within the ecosystem. This means bivalves such as mussels have a role in controlling boom and bust cycles of seasonal phytoplankton blooms. Shellfish help stabilize marine environments leading to higher overall productivity and diversity of species.
We are primarily seeking established aquaculture scientists that have made significant contributions to their field, however junior candidates will be considered.
Funds up to $27,000 are available for travel (up to $1,700), housing (up to $2,200 per month), research supplies (up to $5,500) and a stipend of $1,100 per month.
Congratulations to Duane Fagergren for submitting a video that shows how anchovy & shellfish co-exist.
Click to view video: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/gz6220s8v72jsl2/AAAe1jcvlppNuEGDg_Glo0D0a?dl=0
This fall, Totten Inlet is loaded with anchovies in two size classes, 2″ and 3.5″. These fish appear to follow a natural abundance cycle. We know forage fish, like anchovies, nourish diverse marine life: fish (especially searun cutthroat), birds and mammals. These predator groups are feeding voraciously on the small, but abundant anchovy prey.