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U.S. evicting Point Reyes oyster farmer

November 30, 2012

Peter Fimrite and Justin Berton : SFGate – excerpt

POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE U.S. closing decades-old operation to restore Drakes Bay wilderness

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar told a popular oyster farm at Drakes Bay on Thursday to pack up and leave, effectively ending more than a century of shellfish harvesting on the picturesque inlet where Europeans first set foot in California.
Salazar’s decision ends a long-running dispute between the Drakes Bay Oyster Co. and the National Park Service over the estuary at Point Reyes National Seashore where Sir Francis Drake landed more than 400 years ago.
The National Park Service intends to turn the 2,700-acre area into the first federally designated marine wilderness area on the West Coast, giving the estuary special protected status as an unaltered ecological region. To do that, Salazar rejected the oyster company’s proposal to extend its 40-year lease to harvest shellfish on 1,100 acres of the property…
Salazar had the option to extend the lease for 10 years after Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., included the provision in a rider on an appropriations bill…

Impact on supply
The decision to shut down the shellfish operation and establish a marine wilderness will have a major impact in rural west Marin County, where many consider the oysters from Drakes Bay a delicacy. The vast coastal area is home to 15 historic dairy farms and cattle ranches, sheepherders and organic farmers who live and work next to, and in some cases on, National Park Service land.. (more)

This is how the U.S. Government protects us from access to good clean jobs and food. We are supposed to eat the toxic seafood out of the Gulf instead of the good clean Pacific Oysters which was carefully cultivated over the last 40 years. How many people will loose their jobs and how many will no longer have access to fresh oysters?
Where are those environmentalists when you need them to fend off the Port Authority and the developers who want to lease out the SF waterfront, and where are they for the people of Redwood City who don’t want to develop the salt ponds?
Impact on supply: Is this the first step in a plan to destroy California’s food industry? Do they want to push all the private food producers off government park property? This this the same group of so-called “environmentalists” who want to drain Hetch Hetchy?

Hopefully they will appeal that decision.

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