This Ecological Treasure Is For All Americans to Explore and Enjoy
The Drakes Bay Oyster Company seeks to privatize our only West Coast marine wilderness area, Drakes Estero, the ecological heart of the Point Reyes National Seashore. The oyster company’s operating rights expired on November 30, 2012, yet it remains open under a temporary injunction allowing it to grow non-native oysters and invasive clams. This operation requires thousands of motor boat trips that flush birds and disturb wildlife, which is not compatible with wilderness. Many birds depend on Drakes Estero for food and resting during their long migration, but can be easily disturbed by oyster company operations.
The Company, working with Koch Brothers-funded organizations and ultra-conservative pro-industry interests, signed a contract in 2005 knowing that its permit expired on November 30, 2012. It sued the Interior Department for upholding the public interest and the strong public policy of the 1976 Point Reyes Wilderness Act.
The millions of Americans that own Point Reyes National Seashore believe that a deal is a deal, and don’t want our most cherished public lands undermined by industry interests. We understand that our National Parks are America’s greatest idea and want them protected for current and future generations. The public interest and our national heritage demand that Drakes Bay Oyster Company get out of Drakes Estero – and take responsibility for the ecological mess that it has created.