This how-to publication is for new and experienced farmers. It covers oyster biology, recommended culture techniques, business planning assistance, and guidance for permits and leases. Farmers will also learn about best management practices for cooperatives, site selection, designing site structures, health concerns, processing and marketing, and shipping.
The information in the manual is based on surveys of all active growers in Alaska, particularly about successful husbandry methods. Primary authors are Ray RaLonde, University of Alaska Fairbanks professor and aquaculture specialist; Rodger Painter, shellfish grower and aquaculture researcher/consultant; and Glenn Haight, Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.