For prospective growers of blue mussels (Mytilus edulis) in New England marine waters, this
handbook is designed to be useful for assessing the structure of the market (including industrial
organization and regulation), for making informed choices about organizational form, and for
planning aquaculture business development. Importantly, we discuss methods for evaluating
environmental and market risks. Where possible, we identify web-based and other sources of
information to aid in business planning and in the design and operation of an ocean aquaculture
business specializing in the production of blue mussels.