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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9 Responses to Last Chance to Save Drake’s Bay Oyster Farm

  1. Joe Dunn says:

    Let the Oyster Farm stay!

  2. Benay W. von Husen says:

    The truth is that the National Park Service does not want anyone in West Marin. It wants control of the whole area.

    The local residents know that the oyster farm is not harmful to Drakes Estero but this would be a victory for the NPS and a big step in taking over. Next would be the other oyster farms and then those polluting dairy farms.

  3. Jim Duane says:

    It must be saved!

  4. vivian richardson says:

    please let the drake’s bay oyster company continue operations in west marin. they are good stewards of the estero and there is no reason that they should not be allowed to continue operations.
    thank you,
    vivian richardson

  5. Barbara Graham says:

    Leave the Oyster farm alone! They have provided us with great grit-free oysters for years and should be allowed to continue. This is a no impact business and does nothing to wreck the site, everything to enhance it. They should stay and celebrate with barbecued oysters…the best!!

  6. cynthia french says:

    Please save the Farm…We need the Farm..

  7. Wynne Aldana says:

    I know the decision was made by the Federal Government to shut down Drakes Bay Oyster farm and I also heard on the news this morning that the Lunny family may file an appeal. I hope they do pursue the appeal. People’s jobs and homes are at stake. And also, shutting down the oyster farm will bring less tourists to the area and that means less money coming into the area. Besides, aren’t people more important than seals and birds?

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