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Offshore Shellfish Ltd has been set up to create the UK’s first large scale offshore
rope cultured mussel farm.

The development will be the largest of its type in European waters and will use  specially
designed technology
to cultivate the native blue mussel, Mytilus edulis,
on suspended ropes at three sites between 3 and 6 miles offshore in the fertile
waters of Lyme Bay, South Devon.

The three sites will cover a total area of 15.4 square km and produce up to 10,000 tonnes per year.

Offshore Shellfish Ltd holds all the relevant licenses under Section 34 of the
Coastal Protection Act 1949 and has been granted a 15 year renewable lease to the
sea bed by the Crown Estate to enable the phased development of the farms.

 

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