As an amateur clam harvester, your job is to stand in the water, preferably at low tide, and dredge the bottom of the bay for clams. You use a special sort of metal rake with 5 to 20 points that you stick into the mud. If a clam, or rock, is caught in the spikes, it will be pulled up into a built in bucket in the rake. You then harvest these clam and repeat until you have gotten enough clams. The average national sales price for a pound of clams is $9. It is hard work to be a clam harvester because you have to spend many hours bent of a poll, raking the sea floor clams or scallops.
The clams population is low due to a disease that took over and killed off the offspring. They are also being over harvested and the competition between fisherman is very high so their population is declining. Our normal harvesting spot is now absent and we will need to find a new one.
We could do a lot of research on where our next harvest spot should be. We can ask around and see where our fellow competition has harvested before. This could cost a lot depending on how far we need to travel find the clams. It could also cost a lot if we need to do tests and see if clams are present in that area.
Problem - Our way of harvesting our clams has failed, we used to use a rake and buckets to get the clams and spot the clams by looking for air holes, but now they’ve learned to dig deeper and stay hidden. We will need to find a new way of harvesting clams to keep our company running.
We will need to find out what options we have to harvest the clams and then pick our favorite or the cheapest or the easiest. We might need to spend a lot of money for new gear and training. We will need to test our idea first and make sure it works before we go out and do the harvest on a full scale.
Problem - The clams population has decreased due to an introduction of a foreign fish. The clams are being eaten faster than they can reproduce, causing a huge decrease in the amount of clams caught. In some way this foreign fish was introduced into the waters where the clams are and has found a way to survive. This was most likely caused because of a careless aquarium owner who was moving and added all their fish to the water.
Solution - We need to figure out what type of fish was introduced into the waters to determine the conflict. Also, we might want to investigate who might be the person who introduced the foreign species of fish into the waters. We will need to also try to catch the foreign introduced fish to end the loss of clams, allowing for a better catch once we go harvest clams again.
1. Why might the clam population be lower than usual?
They could be out of season, Disease, Predators.
2. What would be a solution to fix this problem?
We just keep trying to harvest and hope we get some. We can’t control nature.
3. Could there be some type of outbreak causing this? The seasons may have shifted or some kind of natural outbreak that needs to settle.