KQED’s Forum: Drakes Bay Oyster Company Sues to Stay

| December 5, 2012 | 1 Comment
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Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay June 7, 2007 in Point Reyes Station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Drakes Bay Oyster Co. workers harvest strings of oysters on Schooner Bay June 7, 2007 in Point Reyes Station. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Drakes Bay Oyster Company is fighting back after the federal government refused to renew its lease in Point Reyes National Seashore last week. The National Park Service and its environmentalist allies want to return the area to marine wilderness. But the company is suing to overturn the decision, and many oyster lovers are rallying to its defense.
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  • http://www.facebook.com/thevelvetvalentine Velvet Valentine

    Many environmentalists are enraged by this PR media spin by private interests. The Koch brothers linked group Cause of Action seems to be very happy with their twisting of democracy. Why are Oil Tycoons interested in a small Oyster Farm? THE DBOC has skewed it’s numbers sometimes they produce 20%, no wait 30%, now 40% of California’s oysters. They signed a lease in 2004 to leave in 7 years. Kevin Lunny did not have any intention to leave as the judge stated. This case is wasting millions of tax payer dollars everyday. Ken Salazar did the right thing by closing this unsustainable business down. They are not on the Montrey Bay Aquarium list & they have been fined multiple times by the Coastal Commission. The oysters at DBOC are a non native & invasive species to boot. It’s just clear & simple he needs to move operations as he is collecting $ everyday for what? He has pro bono legal council? He is not taking care of his workers & has made no amends to do so. He is again pushing this to the tax payers……