Posted by: Sandy Steinman | June 30, 2014

Will The Pt. Reyes Underwater Wilderness Area Finally Happen?

Today the U.S. Supreme court announced that they will not hear an appeal from Drakes Bay Oyster Company. This  should result in the oyster company closing and allow Drakes Estero to become a preserve and return to wilderness status. The decision is supported by many environmental groups. The oyster company appealed the Interior Department’s decision not to renew their lease.  However, the owners say they are reviewing the ruling and are seeing if there is any other legal action they can take.

The current owners bought the oyster farm in 2005. This is 29 years after a 1976 law set aside 2,500 acres of offshore land, including the oyster farm, as a wilderness area free of commercial activity once the oyster lease expired.

Read more at:  Point Reyes oyster farm denied Supreme Court hearing – SFGate.

 


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