Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Closes Retail Operation After Today

July 31, 2014 | By | Comments (4)
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Due to the National Park Service’s enforcement, Drakes Bay Oyster Farm is wistfully ending its on-farm retail operation, despite numerous appeals to the U.S. Supreme Court.

For over 80 years, the farm has been serving California’s shellfish production, and today’s 11 a.m. gathering—about an hour north of San Francisco—marks a sad day for many supporters. At the very least, the farm is allowed to continue harvesting for another month. Chances for this California farm to actually win its case against the Park Service is looking fairly grim, but its Twitter account is alive and kicking. And certainly ready to continue soldiering on.


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  2. Danny Swicegood

    Very sad. And yet the 8,000 dairy cows remain, with their attendant runoff and other pollution issues.

    August 11, 2014 at 7:49 pm
  3. Elaine

    With this oyster farm gone, how much are we going to pay for oysters? (They produce 80% of the oysters we consume – I’m just say’n!

    August 2, 2014 at 5:48 pm
  4. Haley

    It’s always sad when a culturally/regionally significant business closes, but this has been DECADES in the making. It’s vital that we protect our CA coastline and wild spaces. Here’s some more in-depth info on the legal side of things: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/jwald/court_of_appeals_rules_against_oyster_co.html

    July 31, 2014 at 3:01 pm

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