About 85 percent of fresh mussels consumed in the United States are imported from Canada. And while mussel farms exist in the United States, there are none beyond the 3-mile limit of state waters.


That's about to change.


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced last week that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has issued the first offshore shellfish aquaculture permit on the East Coast for roughly 30 acres in Nantucket Sound, immediately adjacent to the area where Cape Wind plans to build its 130-turbine wind farm.


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