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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!

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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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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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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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