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Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Jules, How would you characterize the National Park Services' attempts to take a 1955 study ON A DIFFERENT TYPE OF OYSTER IN JAPAN and attribute it to Drakes Estero?
That would fit my description of desperation.

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/15/2014 at 7:05 AM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

Jules, I support the Feds whole heartedly when they make an environmental decision based on solid science, like they have with the Chesapeake Bay. The problem with their decision in this case is they are choosing the wrong battlefield, the wrong ally and the wrong opponent. Usually that doesn't work out to well.
True, Drakes Bay is not the Chesapeake Bay. The Chesapeake doesn’t have an impending disaster, like the sludge and filth filled tsunami sea bearing down upon our shores. When it does hit, will you and Ms. Trainer be out there 24 hours a day filtering these pristine waters? Let’s see, if Drakes Bay Oyster Farm has 6 million oysters out there, that’s 6 million x 50 gallons of water filtered A DAY! I seriously doubt you and Ms. Trainer can keep up with the oysters. Sadly, a group of environmentalists, although well meaning, has chosen the wrong battle against the wrong opponent, and definitely at the wrong time!
Which in itself is strange... Because ... as long as we are on the subject of time…
Documents and testimony show Park Service, the Sierra Club, EVEN Ms. Trainer’s ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION COMMITTEE of West Marin, AND every other interested environmental and civic group were overwhelmingly in favor of the oyster farm in the 1960’s and 70’s and intended that the the oyster farm stay. So this “A deal is a deal” narrative is COMPLETELY fabricated for the occasion.
Additionally, in 1998-99 the Park Service even had architectural renderings done of a new oyster educational center and cannery. Why would they want to spend all that money just to take it down because a “deal is a deal”?
Why is the West Marin Environmental Action Committee flipping their original position?

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/14/2014 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Opinion: Don’t Be Fooled by Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s Supreme Court Petition

If the oysters and oyster farming were so damaging, why does the area continue to look so beautifully pristine and unspoiled after 100 years (at least) of oyster activity? It is likely, Point Reyes residents have the oysters to thank, at least in part, for the beauty they enjoy daily. 200 years ago, the Chesapeake Bay was one of the most environmentally beautiful and productive bodies of water in North America. Today, we have "dead zones", high phosphorus and nitrogen counts, vanishing species of wildlife and less than a tenth of 1% of the oyster population that once occupied the Bay and filtered its waters.
Because of their water filtering capabilities we are trying to re-populate the Chesapeake Bay with oysters and restore an American treasure. By the way, the Federal Government is supporting these efforts.
When I read the stories about the National Park Services attempts to smear the Lunny family, the NPS looks less and less like our friend Smokey the Bear and more like the Big Bad Wolf! It is a travesty the NPS can't recognize the valuable stewardship already in place and instead compels California residents to experience catastrophic damage and then, learn the lessons Virginians know well.

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Posted by Tom Kent on 04/14/2014 at 1:44 PM

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