Thursday, November 29, 2012

Drakes bay

  • Drakes Bay Oyster Co. forced to leave Point Reyes National Seashore

    Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced Thursday the Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s operating permit will expire at Point Reyes National Seashore on Friday and Drakes Estero will return to wilderness.

  • Marine vomit threatens Drakes Estero

    The soft, muddy bottom of the 2,500-acre estero doesn't naturally provide ample solid surfaces where D. vex grows best, but the infrastructure of the Drakes Bay Oyster Company does. The hard substrate of wooden oyster racks, as well as boats, hulls ...

  • Decision about Drakes Bay oyster farming expected this week

    U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, looks over bags of oyster shells during a tour of Drakes Bay Oyster Company with owner Kevin Lunny, left, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif.

  • Point Reyes oyster farm decision near

    Salazar said he will make a decision next week on whether to extend Drakes Bay Oyster Co.'s lease for 10 years, which would effectively prevent the National Park Service from turning the estuary into a marine wilderness.

  • Drakes Bay Oyster Company Repeated Coastal Act Violations Trigger ...

    The California Coastal Commission has initiated enforcement proceedings against Drakes Bay Oyster Company for illegal coastal development, violation of harbor seal protection measures, and failure to control significant amounts of its plastic pollution.

  • Feds Deciding Fate of Point Reyes Oyster Farm

    November 30, 2012--this Friday--is a date that's been on the minds of the operator and workers at Drakes Bay Oyster Co.

  • US Interior Secretary to visit Marin today as oyster decision looms

    Salazar is scheduled to visit the Drakes Bay Oyster Co., whose lease is in contention, and with Point Reyes National Seashore staff and those who want the oyster operation closed down.

  • Point Reyes National Seashore, embattled at 50

    There were seven years left on the Johnson's permit when the Drakes Bay Oyster Company took over the operation from the family in 2005.

  • Back to the wild in Point Reyes

    At the center of the dispute is Drakes Bay Oyster Co., which operates on Drakes Estero, a spectacular and ecologically significant estuary located in an area that has been federally designated as wilderness.

  • Honoring Achievements of Hispanic Food Producers, But No Engagement With ...

    Secretary Salazar may wish to honor the first wreck of a Spanish ship in California, the San Augustín, but he has been flagrantly ignoring the struggle of today's Hispanic food producers and shellfish harvesters to hang on to their jobs at Drakes Bay ...

  • Time for Secretary Salazar to Save California's First Marine Wilderness Area

    Congress passed a law designating the Drakes Bay estuary within the seashore the first marine wilderness area on the west coast.

  • Marin Readers' Forum for Nov. 8

    Spotswood's column reflects a manufactured conflict by Drakes Bay Oyster Co. lobbyists designed to distract the public from the company's repeated Coastal Act violations and other adverse impacts to the estero from commercial operations.

  • Books: Time after Time

    As the book went to press this month, the fate of the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm had yet to be decided--and the controversy these past few years over whether an independently owned mariculture operation should be allowed on National Park land has, in Hart ...

  • Compagnie du Ponant Offers 2013-2014 Antarctica Voyages aboard L'Austral ...

    The round-trip sailings travel from Ushuaia and through the Drake Passage to several ports on the "White Continent" - including Paradise Bay, Port Charcot, Deception Island and the Weddell Sea. The longer itinerary visits several areas of South Georgia ...

  • Marin outdoor calendar for the week of Nov. 26, 2012

    Ongoing: Beginner and advanced sea kayaking and stand-up paddleboard classes and tours include Inverness, Point Reyes, Tomales Bay, secluded beaches, Drakes Estero, Giacomini Wetlands, Hog Island and tule elk, Nick's Cove and the Estero ...

  • Sky's the limit for Nauset swimmers

    The Warriors came back the next week and defeated the Red Raiders in the Bay Colony meet, then went on to swim very well at both the sectional and state final meets.

  • Local X Factor Star Jason Brock

    A drummer both Jason and I have worked with, Roberta Drake from San Mateo, asked, "Why do you think the judge was so negative about your cabaret performance?

  • Marin Readers' Forum for Nov. 26

    The National Park Service doesn't want to renew the lease of Drake's Bay Oyster Co. It doesn't care that a source of valuable, nutritious and "green" produced food will be cut off or that employees of the company will be jobless, just before Christmas ...

  • Forecast for more rain affects holiday events planned in Dublin, Pleasanton

    Rain will continue to pound the Bay Area throughout the weekend, according to a National Weather Service forecaster threatening both tonight's Holiday tree lighting in Dublin and Pleasanton's Holiday parade Saturday evening.

  • Buoyed up by children's interest and the whistling of the drake wigeon

    I went to the new RSPB hide on the shore of the Cromarty Firth, near Jemimaville, for its formal opening last month. It is a replacement, but much larger, and is on the exact site of the old one, whose formal opening I also attended almost 20 years ago.

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