Last Chance to Save Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm

Nov 12, 2012

It’s put up or shut-up time, people. Here’s the scoop from Drake’s Bay:

Dear Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Supporters!
It is decision time and we need your help!  Before the end of this month, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will decide on the fate of the historic oyster farm located within the working landscapes of the Point Reyes National Seashore.

During this crucial period of time, two different filmmakers saw the need to tell a story about the controversy between Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the National Park Service. Please take a moment to view both of these thoughtful videos. You will not be disappointed.  Many of you will be surprised by the facts.

Video produced by Friends of Drakes Bay Oyster [18 min]:

Video produced by [3 min]:

You can make a difference. Please sign the petition to save this vital food and education resource!

To learn more and for up-to-the-minute info, please visit

Thank you for your support and please share this with friends!
The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Family


And here is a letter from East Coast Shellfish Growers Association president Bob Rheault:

for the past five years I have periodically shared with you the tawdry details of the crusade by the National Park service to eliminate the oyster farm in Drakes Estero outside San Francisco.  The NPS has falsified data, hidden exculpatory evidence, fabricated evidence and harassed good, hard-working people in their effort to eliminate 60 jobs and half of California’s oyster production.
In what should beheld up as a sterling example of sustainable food production in harmony with nature, we see instead a farm being vilified by misguided government scientists and administrators.

What is worse is that the shoddy, misleading “science” being used to vilify these good people will be used against our industry for decades to come.  We must stand up and defend these guys.  We have evidence of fraud, data manipulation, incompetence, violations of national scientific integrity policies. Yet the NPS refuses to pull any of their discredited publications down.

Please click on this link to sign a petition to the Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar to renew the lease for Drakes Bay Oyster Company at Drakes Bay Estero

Bob Rheault

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