The Shore Is Their Oyster
A fertile estuary in northern California could lose full wilderness status to an oyster company poised to extend its commercial activity for another decade.
Barbara Salzman, president of Audubon's Marin chapter, isn't budging on the issue because she believes that Drakes Estero area was a planned wilderness area for a reason. The biologically rich region stands to lose too much to simply justify humans' culinary palates, she says, noting that Drakes Oyster Company could move to another location on the coast. Other oyster operations, though less productive, operate within a 30-minute drive of the Estero. "There are other alternatives for the Lunnys," Salzman says. "But there isn't really an alternative for this area. There is no alternative for these birds, for the eelgrass, or for the seals."*
*Factual amendments were made to this article on December 7, 2011.
A public comment period will be open until December 9. You can share your views by sending comments in support of A, the no-action alternative, which has been classified by the National Park Service as the "Environmentally Preferred Alternative." Options B, C, and D support the new permit for the Lunnys. Click here, or send comments to:
Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes, CA 94956