SAMPLE PROPOSAL Hatcheries - Problem As the world ages, and...

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Problem As the world ages, and humans develop and change the natural environment, complications arise. The problem is that an old fishery in Pennsylvania, the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery, has been neglected to be repaired. Neglecting these repairs has led to numerous problems concerning the fish hatchery. Due to the lack of repairs, excess amounts of fish feces have been polluting local waterways of Pennsylvania, and destroying the environment. According to Gvozdas (2003) the fish feces coming out of the fish hatchery have decreased the oxygen supply in the streams and have killed plant life and native fish. In response to this problem, the fishery began stocking less fish into waterways, which impacted recreational fishing and decreased revenue from fishing licenses. Without good fish to catch, there is no reason for fishermen to pay the high prices for a fishing license. During the period of reduced fish stock, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission made $16.9 million dollars, losing $700,000 from the previous year (Gvozdas, 2003). Not only does the old, damaged equipment present a problem for the environment and the economy, it also presents health risks for the fish being raised within the fish hatchery. The old equipment clearly has issues dealing with water quality, which not only impacts the health of native fish, but the fish in the hatchery itself. Problems with water quality can easily lead to disease, and the dying fish are only a waste of scare funds and resources that the fish hatchery has. Overall we can see that the Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery has problems concerning finances, the environment, and its own fish health. Background Information The Huntsdale State Fish Hatchery is located in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania. On average this fish hatchery produces 461,280 pounds of trout per year, making them the highest producer of trout in Pennsylvania (Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2011). Huntsdale raises fish like: striped bass, channel catfish, tiger muskellunge, brook trout, brown trout, golden rainbow trout, and rainbow trout. This fish hatchery uses the traditional rectangular tanks or raceways to raise their fish. Rectangular raceways are typically the type of tanks used to raise these fish. Raceways are made of concrete and have screens over them to protect fish from predators (if outside) and to keep the fish from jumping out (NRCS, 2001). These tanks are also known as flow through tanks. This means that water from a source is passing from tank to tank from one end to the other. Each time the water moves to a new tank oxygen is added. This means that there is always more oxygen at the top of the tank where the new water is coming in. The highly oxygenated water is better for fish, so the fish will tend to mass themselves at the top of the tank, where the better water is, and the rest of the runway (lower third) goes unused. Also, because the water is flowing from tank to tank, the spread of disease cannot be controlled between tanks, which is a major
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This note was uploaded on 10/02/2011 for the course BUSINESS W 203 taught by Professor Delaurentis during the Fall '11 term at Rutgers.

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SAMPLE PROPOSAL Hatcheries - Problem As the world ages, and...

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