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Community Exhibits at OysterFest 2018

OysterFest features exhibits that showcase the beauty and delicacy of the Puget Sound ecosystem.Attendees enjoy opportunities to learn about the tidal zones andprotect and enjoy our local waters.

The marine touch tanks are a perennial favorite. With creatures gathered in local waters exclusively for these exhibits, the ecosystem in the touch tanks is as close to mother nature as you can get without actually being there. The environment in the tank provides healthy living conditions for crabs, bivalves, sea cucumbers, sea stars, sand dollars, periwinkles, hermit crabs, moon snail, and other species that dwell in our waters. Observe how the animals interact in their native habitat and be sure to ask lots of questions from volunteer guides or the Washington Sea Grant biologists nearby in adjoining booths.

Based at the University of Washington, Washington Sea Grant provides statewide marine research, outreach, and education services. The National Sea Grant College Program is part of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

In addition to the marine touch tanks, there are exhibits on aquaculture practices, education, water quality, natural resources, and public safety. The Pacific Coast Shellfish Growers Association works on behalf of its member to illustrate a spectrum of issues in their booth including environmental protection, shellfish safety, regulations, and provide public information materials and answer questions.

The Mason County Noxious Weed plant exhibit educates the public on the impact of noxious weeds and offers advice on which native plants can help home owners protect their waterways. The Mason Conservation District also provides information to assist residents by providing a link between landowners, industry, and government agencies and presenting technical and financial assistance to residents willing to implement conservation best practices.

Also on-site with information is Washington State Department of Health’s Shellfish Program. Their mission is to educate and prevent illness in people who eat Washington-grown molluscan shellfish. If you have any questions about when and where oysters, mussels or clams are safe to eat; how you should handle them; or what seafood eaters with special health conditions should be aware of – stop by the DOH booth to get all your questions answered!

The Mason County PUD 3 also provides an educational display at OysterFest. Stop by their booth in the Souvenir Tent for hints to reduce energy use and information on electricity safety.

In addition there are multiple booths displaying the local programs supported by funds generated at OysterFest as well as important work and humanitarian efforts of the Skookum Rotary Club and Rotary International. Take the time to see what your OysterFest dollars and donations go!

Check out all the exhibitors and their locations in the map and schedule available at the ticket and information booths or view the list online at oysterfest.org.

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