blog of photos taken with a camera by me



Workers process harvested oysters at the Drakes Bay Oyster Company located on the shore of Schooner Bay in Drakes Estero in the Pt. Reyes National Seashore near Inverness, California, on Saturday, June 21, 2014. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been ordered to vacate a federal marine sanctuary in the Point Reyes National Seashore in Northern California. The oyster farm’s fate now rests with the Supreme Court, which is set to decide whether to hear the company’s appeal. Under pressure from conservationist and the Park Service, former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar decided to not issue a new operational permit and extend the lease of the land for the oyster company. The oyster company is the latest longtime business being forced off federally protected land in the West. In 2005, the Lunny family took ownership of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company which has been in operation for decades. Drakes Estero has been in commercial oyster production for nearly 100 years. Drakes Bay Oyster Co. produces over 300,000 oysters and about one million Manila clams each year, reportedly, 85 percent of shellfish grown in Marin County.

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