The West Coast Oyster War – The campaign to shut down a family oyster farm exposes an unflattering side of the American conservation movement

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  “Kevin Lunny, the oysterman in question, grew up on Point Reyes, the grandson of a rancher. He stuck with the family business, and when the food movement boomed he was well-suited and well-situated for the times. His livestock were the first certified-organic beef cattle in Marin County, and today you can buy Lunny Ranch grass-fed, organic beef in the area’s Whole Foods markets. He sits on the board of the local organic-producers’ association, earned an award from the Society of Rangeland Management for best practices in California, and, in 2004, with an eye on expanding the family business for his children and grandchildren, bought the oyster farm from an aging neighbor.”  : (Here)

“… removing ranchers and all grazing farm animals from the Channel Islands to return the islands to wilderness,… has caused non-native species to overgrow the native, with chest high non-native fennel … ”

About Drakes Bay Oyster Company

Oyster farming in Drakes Estero, located in Point Reyes, Marin County, has been part of the region’s history for nearly 100 years. The Lunnys, a fourth-generation ranching family, purchased Drakes Bay in 2004 to revive a historical part of the local community and ensure the continued environmental health of Drakes Estero.  Drakes Bay currently employs nearly 30 community members, and farms sustainably in Drakes Estero, producing approximately one-third of all oysters in California: (Here)

THE ROLE OF SHELLFISH IN DRAKES BAY

“Clean water has been called the lifeblood of the shellfish industry. Perhaps less well known is the critical role that shellfish play in keeping clean the very waters in which they live. Shellfish perform functions in the coastal ecosystem similar to the role that kidneys play helping to filter and regulate the flow of blood in the human body” : (Here)

Science shows oyster farm doesn’t harm the estero’s ecology

“JOE MUELLER’S July 31 Marin Voice column (“Doing what’s right for the ecology”)  is surprisingly devoid of facts. Almost everything in his column is contradicted by the scientific literature on Drakes Estero. Mueller says oysters rob nutrients from marine wildlife. But a series of studies from UC Davis found just the opposite — marine invertebrates and fish are thriving in Drakes Estero.” : (Here)

A comprehensive Complaint detailing serial scientific misconduct was filed on 3/4/2013 with Dr. John Holdren, the President’s Science Advisor (and architect of President Obama’s Scientific Integrity Policy). The 150+ page Complaint addresses an “Enterprise of Misconduct” at three Federal agencies — the National Park Service (NPS), the US Geological Survey (USGS) and the Marine Mammal Commission (MMC) : (Here)

FAQ’s About Drakes Bay Oyster Co. :  (Here)  

War on Oyster Science - Watchdog accuses Interior Department of misusing and politicizing science : (Here)

However, the Government finds “no evidence of wrongdoing” by the Government, or by “independent” companies PAID by the Government:  (Here)