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.
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.
Congratulations Zach Loescher for your photo of oystercatcher eating mussels from the mooring line of the mussel rafts in Penn Cove. The mussel rafts provide a safe feeding and roosting site for oystercatchers and many other marine birds. Read More
Join PCSGA at our annual event to support education and environmental restoration! Tickets can be purchased at http://slurp.brownpapertickets.com or pick-up at Bayview Thriftway, Ralph’s Thriftway, or Fish Tale Brew Pub in Olympia. The cost is $60 in advance or $75 at the door. http://pcsga.org/slurp/
Congratulations Brett Long! You captured the winning photo of Spinyhead Sculpin eggs taking advantage of our cultured oyster shell in Tarboo Bay.
“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