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Winner of January Ecosystem Photo Contest

Lisa Carleton-LongLisa 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 conniesmith@pcsga.org by the 15th of every month for a chance to win!

Congratulations to December’s Photo Contest Winner

WeatherlyThe winner of $100 for this month’s photo contest is Alaska shellfish grower, Weatherly Bates.

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. 

Winner of November Ecosystem Photo Contest

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Johnny Shockley captures the power of oysters on water quality. Oysters are filter feeders, consuming phytoplankton and improving water quality while they filter their food from the water.

Winner of October Ecosystem Photo Contest

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.

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