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March Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Scott Smith!

Scott Smith:  As it turns out, humans aren’t the only ones who enjoy feasting on Pacific Oysters.  This octopus crawled into our oyster tub in Mud Bay on Eld Inlet.  We released him back into the bay, but we found him the very next day in the same tub feasting away again.  Smart guy!  He knows good food when he finds it.

February Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations Richard Turner!

Richard Turner:  Native Spiny Scallops growing in homemade pearl net provides safe spot for native Green Sea Urchin to grow.  The urchins graze on the algae growing on the scallops and pearl net.  Scallops are natural filters of phytoplankton.  Zooplankton help keep water clean of algae blooms.

January Ecosystems Services Photo Contest Winner


Congratulations Audrey Lamb

Audrey Lamb: “Mussel farms provide three-dimensional habitat for other critters. In this photo, caprellids, or “skeleton shrimp” look like seaweed, but they are actually crustaceans that live on mussels. Caprellids cling to mussels suspended on ropes and ambush prey when it floats by. They are a food source for surf perch, shiner perch, jellyfish, and nudibranchs.”

Join us for the 21st Annual SLURP!


Shellfish Lovers Ultimate Rejuvenation Party! 

April 14, 2019
4:30 – 8 pm
Fish Tale Brew House
Olympia, WA

View the event flyer!

Follow SLURP on Facebook!

Buy tickets for SLURP 2019

$65 in Advance, $80 at the Door

   Your ticket includes:

  • Fabulous Feast of Shellfish Dishes made by local restaurants
  • Taste an Assortment of Washington Wines (if you like what you try, you can purchase it from the wine store)
  • Brews made by Fish Brewing Co.
  • Grand Oyster Bar
  • Celebrity Slurp-Off
  • Live Auction
  • Live Music by Eden Lane Quartet featuring Stephanie Layton
  • 100% of proceeds benefit PCSGA’s Shellfish Habitat Restoration Fund which provides funding for shellfish education and habitat restoration efforts.

Participating Companies Updated Weekly!

2019 Generously Sponsored By:

Fish Brewing Co.
Plauché & Carr LLP
Lakeside Industries
Duncan Insurance
Norplex Inc.
Northwest Farm Credit Services
Heritage Bank
Kiley Juergens Wealth Management, LLC
Jet City Label
LFS, Inc.
Seattle – Tacoma Box Company
Sorenson Transport Co.
USI Insurance Services

2019 Participating Restaurants:

Fish Tale Brew Pub
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Elliot’s Oyster House
Octapas Cafe
Iron Rabbit Restaurant & Bar
Anthony’s Homeport
Beau Legs Fish & Chips
Chelsea Farms Oyster Bar
Three Magnets Brewing Co.
Basilico Ristorante Italiano

2019 Participating Oyster Bar Companies:

Hog Island Oyster Co.
Taylor Shellfish Farms
Chelsea Farms
Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe
JJ Brenner Oyster Co.
Hama Hama Oyster Co.

2019 Participating Wineries:

Long Road Winery
Marchetti Wines
Vino Aquino
Orca Wines
Hoodsport Winery
St. Hilaire Winery

VIDEO: Shellfish Farms: Building Community

Funded by the Nereus Program as part of the Ocean Link Northwest communications project, this video centers around a shellfish grower in Willapa Bay in southwestern Washington. Graduate students Michael Quinlan and Rachel Lee worked with the Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association to show the symbiotic relationship between shellfish farms and the rural communities where they’re located.

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UMBC’s Colleen Burge helps show oyster aquaculture can limit disease in wild oysters

Excerpt: The potential spread of disease from farmed oysters to wild oysters is a frequent concern for oyster producers and consumers alike. Contrary to common perceptions, new UMBC research in Aquaculture Environment Interactions has found that properly managed oyster aquaculture operations can actually help limit the spread of disease among wild oysters.

“This is another line of evidence saying that oyster aquaculture can be a good thing,” says Colleen Burge, assistant professor of marine biotechnology at UMBC, and a co-author on the study.

“The established way of thinking is that disease spreads from aquaculture, but in fact aquaculture may limit disease in nearby wild populations,” adds Tal Ben-Horin, a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Rhode Island and the lead author on the study.

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