We spent a week in Morin County, California. We saw signs all over the place, “Save our Drakes Bay Oyster Farm”. What’s this all about? I decided to look for myself. So I took a drive out to Point Reyes National Seashore and I found Drakes Bay.
Three hours before I arrived, the Supreme Court of the Unites States decided not to hear the case launched by Drakes Bay Oyster Farm to save their family business. The National Park Service, showing the same lack of intelligence as the Bureau of Land Management under James Watt, has done a great wrong.
These were the last two oysters sold at Drakes Bay on the day the last card was played by the government, demonstrating that our elected and appointed officials are fully incapable of assimilating data and make sound decisions.
A family business, fully sustainable with a positive environmental impact was forced to close.
We see the government closing down fishermen here on the east coast, further demonstrating that if you do not have a small army of layers to do you dirty work, you are at risk.
I asked them, “What is your recourse at this point?” After eight years of litigation, they are done. There is no recourse. Local jobs are gone. A family that held the land in stewardship is out of business. On July 31st, the doors will close forever.
I was told I could go anywhere on the property I wanted to, except on the docks. “We are not allowed to repair our infrastructure, so it is not safe for the public.” Since they were under court orders, they had not been able to repair their docs for years.
The oyster farm had a positive impact on the land and the environment. It was stated when Point Reyes became a part of the National Parks Service, that the oyster farming and dairy farming would be preserved. Oyster farming, a proper use of a great resource. The land on Point Reyes is dotted with dairy farms. These farmers should be nervous. My prediction is that they will be next.
I talked with restaurateurs and locals. I did not meet one person who agreed with the National Parks Service on this. With all the people I talked to, one would think I would have heard something bad. Okay, I didn’t talk to anyone in the Park Service. Why should I? They have already demonstrated a lack of ability assimilate and process data correctly. But think for yourself and make your own decision.
How were the oysters? Damned tasty! I’m not an oyster person, but I ordered them three times that week.