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August ecosystem services photo contest winner

Congratulations 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  Read More

June Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Dillon McEdward.

His picture of a large Stellar Sea Lion hauled out on a mussel rafts in Quilcene Bay, WA shows how shellfish rafts play an accessory role as a safe haul out site for marine Read More

May Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Brian Kingzett of Nisbet Oyster Company

His picture shows Short Billed Dowitchers feeding in a complex of eelgrass and oysters at Goose Point Oysters in Willapa Bay, WA. This complex of oysters and eelgrass produces biofilms and habitat for numerous small prey items for

foraging shorebirds. Contest link

March Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Emily Garlich of Kamilche Sea Farms.

Her picture shows blue mussels growing on longlines of her mussel farm feeding. White sea anemones are growing with them. The mussels are sucking in sea water filtering out phytoplankton helping to keep phytoplankton blooms in check. You can see their mantles, 

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