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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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February Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

Congratulations to Daniel Hanson

His pictures shows a Sea Cucumber (Actinopyga Echinites) reclining in his grandson’s hands after being found under a grow bag on Hood Canal, near Union, WA. Sea cucumbers serve a useful role in the marine ecosystem as they help recycle nutrients, breaking down detritus and other organic matter after which bacteria can continue the degradation process

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Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner

WINNER of January Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100 is Steve Seymour from Drayton Harbor Oyster Company. Here, he shows a male plain fin midshipman guarding the spawn on the underside of a mesh growout bag which provides a hard protected surface. Needless to say, bags with spawn are left in place for 3-4 weeks.

Thank you too all who submitted photos for this month’s contest. February 15th is the next deadline for the Ecosystem Services Photo Contest.

Ecosystem Services Photo Contest Winner–December

Congratulations to December’s WINNER of the PCSGA Ecosystem Services Photo Contest and $100, Zach Loescher of Penn Cove Shellfish.

“Getting ready to release a young octopus which rode a mussel line up the harvest conveyor. Octopus like the abundance and variety of food such as shrimp and small crabs which live among the mussel lines. The suspended lines of a mussel raft are similar to a small forest in that they provide a place for many species to call home or to find food or safety.”

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