A 44 page Data Quality Act petition has been filed with the Inspector General and we expect the whole house of cards to come tumbling down. Without seal impacts the farm impacts are negligible. The noise impacts were disproven (remember the Jet Ski sound data debacle?). The rest of the impacts were classified in the NPS Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) as "minor." But we have to raise a big stink or the whole tawdry affair might just get swept under the rug to protect some highly placed bureaucrats. The ECSGA board will discuss what action we expect to take in our next meeting.
Why should we care? - Because the allegations of environmental harm that the NPS has suggested occur in their Draft EIS will be used as a weapon in future lease applications across the country. Even though the impacts described in the DEIS were disputed and disproven by dozens of qualified scientists that submitted hundreds of pages of factual evidence to dispute the faulty NPS claims. Even though cameras set up to take pictures of the farm every minute for several years failed to detect a seal interaction.
Don't let the NPS throw our industry under the bus with false allegations of environmental damage!
It is decision time and we need your help! Before the end of this month, Ken Salazar, Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior, will decide on the fate of the historic oyster farm located within the working landscapes of the Point Reyes National Seashore.
During this crucial period of time, two different filmmakers saw the need to tell a story about the controversy between Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the National Park Service. Please take a moment to view both of these thoughtful videos. You will not be disappointed. Many of you will be surprised by the facts.
Video produced by Friends of Drakes Bay Oyster [18 min]: http://vimeo.com/52331881
Video produced by KimSteele.com [3 min]: http://vimeo.com/53088980
You can make a difference. Please sign the petition to save this vital food and education resource!
To learn more and for up-to-the-minute info, please visit www.oysterzone.org.
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The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm Family