Bob Shockley, a key member of the macroalgae harvesting team, operates a harvester
in Delaware’s Inland Bays. While operating the harvester, Bob (below) will monitor the
quantities and types of macroalgae being collected. Another part of a harvester operator’s
job is to reduce the amount of by-catch that is collected with the algae. He can do this
by stopping or reversing the conveyor belt on the front of the harvester if the amount of
by-catch on the belt is too heavy.
After a harvester collects a full load of macroalgae, it must come to shore. The macroalgae
is then unloaded by conveyor belt from the harvester into a front-end loader.
The macroalgae material, after unloaded from the harvester, is placed by front-end
loader into a dump truck to be hauled to a final disposal site.