October 31, 2016. Growing blue mussel seed at the Hughes Hatchery for the Chilmark offshore farm.

These little mussels are growing on specialized mussel culture rope at the Hughes Hatchery in Oak Bluffs. This is part of a larger body of research to develop hatchery and setting techniques for mussel farming. Here, we used a method very similar to the "remote set" method we use for oyster restoration. Soon, these seed will be planted on the offshore mussel farm in Chilmark, to see how they do.