Drakes Bay Oyster Company: Update

The decision has been made, and much quicker than we thought — the U.S. Supreme Court will not hear Drakes Bay Oyster Company’s case for appeal, meaning the farm will close. I personally grew up visiting this historic farm (when it was Johnson’s), as did many of my peers. I have also had the pleasure of meeting the Lunnys and many others involved who have dedicated so much of their lives to this cause over the last decade. They are truly passionate people and we wish them the best.

Amy Trainer of the Environmental Action Committee of West Marin believes the Supreme Court took appropriate action. “The Court made the right decision in upholding the long-anticipated oyster lease expiration that protects Drakes Estero, the wild ecological heart of Point Reyes National Seashore, which is particularly important on the eve of the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act,” she says in a recent release. “We look forward to a time of healing in the community and stand ready to do our part to support the workers’ transition.”

We hope the community can rally together to overcome this, and continue to support both wilderness and local ag.

Read the Drakes Bay Oyster Company feature in the July 2014 issue.