Mussel Beds to be Planted Next to Cape Wind Farm

Inset photo/Salem State
Inset photo/Salem State

CapeCodOnline: The first offshore wind farm in U.S. history may soon have company: If a proposed 30-acre mussel farm is permitted this fall, in Nantucket Sound adjacent to the Cape Wind lease area on Horseshoe Shoal, it will become the first offshore aquaculture project in federal waters.

Proponents say it is an idea whose time is long overdue, because the U.S. imports more than 90% of the mussels Americans consume and the country’s own wild mussel supply suffers large fluctuations because of predation, weather and unfavorable spawning conditions.

Read more about the mussel beds to be planted next to Cape Wind.