December Ecosystems Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Nyle Taylor

Nyle Taylor: This photo was taken by our divers off the east side of Harstine Island. In the background, you can just make out the shadows of two of our divers working to install mesh tubes underwater. In the process, schools of shiner perch and flounder are attracted into our work site to feed on organisms that have been brought to the surface of the sand through the tube installation process. The fish dart in and out from between the tubes. Despite our diver’s presence, the fish are highly active, even right in the vicinity of their work.

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Hatchery Technician – WHISKEY CREEK SHELLFISH HATCHERY

Position: Hatchery Technician
Pay Range: $12-20/hr, dependent on experience
Position includes full medical/dental insurance (after 90 day waiting period)
Start Date: January 4, 2019

Whiskey Creek Shellfish Hatchery, located in Netarts, Oregon, is one of the largest shellfish hatcheries in the U.S., with a 40 year history of supplying shellfish larvae to growers throughout the Pacific Northwest. The hatchery is currently seeking qualified applicants for a permanent, full time hatchery technician position. Duties will include all aspects of hatchery production, including (but not limited to) spawning oysters, mussels, and clams, maintaining larval groups, single seed production, broodstock management, and production of microalgae. Prior experience working in shellfish hatcheries is preferred, but not absolutely necessary- the employee will work closely with existing staff to train in these areas.

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November Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Ben Reynolds

“I found these crabs hanging around one of many buoy line in Spencer Cove in the south Puget Sound. Buoys and lines are useful tools for anyone who utilizes the ocean and its natural resources as markers, way points, and boundaries. Kelp crabs, oblivious to the original intent of ropes, utilize these lines to buoys as a high point to capture passing food mimicking their namesake, kelp.”

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September / October Ecosystems services photo contest winner

Congratulations Wesley Hull

“The Opalescent nudibranch (Hermissenda crassicornis) is just one of many organisms inhabiting our oyster rafts. With the rugose assemblage of barnacles and other encrusting organisms growing on or rafts providing shelter for a diversity of predators and prey, our oyster rafts promote a healthy and diverse community of benthic invertebrates.”

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