Guided by the light of the full moon (and headlamps) on October 27, 2015, three groups of PTMSC volunteers patiently awaited the arrival of the zero tide. They, along with 70 other teams, are part of a collaborative project taking place this week, led by the Washington State Department of Ecology with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and other agencies. PTMSC teams placed cages full of mussels at specific shoreline locations in Port Townsend, Port Hadlock, and Irondale.
Mussels filter water to feed and in doing so, can accumulate toxins found in the water. In February the mussels will be collected, delivered to WDFW labs and tested for toxins.
Our mussel deployers were: Liz Hoenig, Aaron Walter, Charley Kanieski, Dave Sachi, Darryl Hrenko, Rebecca Mostow, Carolyn Woods, Katie Conroy, and Zofia Knorek.
Our mussel rustlers were Merce Dostale and Michael Tarachow, who journeyed to Penn Cove Shellfish on Whidbey Island to get our supplies.
Jennifer Lanksbury, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, at Penn Cove Shellfish with our supplies ready for pick-up.The mussels were kept on ice in cooler bags until deployment. Carolyn, left, and Zofia, right, assemble the mussel cage at Port Hadlock.
Carolyn Thor, deploying her mussels muscles!
Team Irondale, Rebecca, Darryl, and Dave, proved to be rebar-pounding champions.
Cage in place — we'll see it again in February!
Post by Zofia Knorek
Photo 1: Michael Tarachow | Photo 2: Merce Dostale | Photo 3, 4, 6: Katie Conroy | Photo 5: Darryl Hrenko