Renew the lease for Drakes Bay Oyster Company at Drakes Bay Estero
  • Petitioned Ken Salazar

This petition was delivered to:

Secretary of the Interior
Ken Salazar

Renew the lease for Drakes Bay Oyster Company at Drakes Bay Estero

    1. Petition by

      Anton Semenovsky

      San Francisco, CA

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm, producer of 40% of California oysters, and a source of numerous jobs in the region, is in danger of losing its lease.

Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • steve childs PALO ALTO, CA
      • about 1 year ago

      Drake's Bay Oyster Company is a part of the Marin Community and ecosphere. It is not huriting the coast at all and it is the type of agriculture that the Interior department should encourage, not destroy!

    • John Glavis BOLINAS, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      If the dairy farms within the Park boundaries can continue to exist then I believe the Drakes Bay Oyster Company should be able to do so.

    • margaret kunkel SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      the federal government is using incorrect data - perhaps fraudulent - to put a local business out of business. FALL ON YOUR SWORD Secretarry Salazar. Clearly someone made a wrong assumption based on information that was not supported in fact. This is what many people feel is inherently wrong with the Federal Government and what drives concerned citizens from supporting their appointed, not elected, government officials.

    • Brian Rafferty SAN RAFAEL, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Because there is no logical reason to shut down a profitable business for no other reason then you can

    • Lauren Ayers SONOMA, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      My comment on petition to Interior Secretary Salazar re Lunny Family, Drakes Bay Oyster Company

      First Nation Californians harvested oysters. The Park Service does a good job educating visitors with displays of indigenous Americans’ lifeways. The Drakes Bay Oyster Company isn’t just a display but is an actual working oyster farm. There is a busy, ugly street in Emeryville called Shellmound. A rural lane 200 years ago, it was named for the hills of oyster shells left over from consumption of these wonder foods. Drakes Bay Oyster Company is as sustainable now as the oyster harvesting was before Europeans came along, with their exploitation of the commons and other people, all due to the profit motive. In other words, how does DBOC contradict Park Service ethics? If we are going to preserve Drakes Bay as it was in primeval times, then we MUST keep the Lunny business there!


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