Coastal states, counties, local communities and shellfishing companies need the services of an expert in shellfish management to help enhance their shellfisheries.
A specialist has to understand the "big picture" of the shellfishing industry, which ranges from identification of limiting factors in the beds to marketing.
It is no easy task to improve the economy of a shellfishing community-to create more jobs and produce higher wages and produce more shellfish for consumers.
Usually, fishermen do not resist answering questions, because they enjoy talking about shellfishing.
Personal visits afford opportunities for: 1) Gaining insight into the lives, outlook, and culture of the fishing community, and 2) discovering the local leaders of public opinion and the fishermen who are progressive in outlook, besides learning a considerable amount about shellfishing.
Long-time residents can supply information about shellfishing history and changes that have taken place.