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I have been going out to west Marin to buy oysters for 25 years. I always make it a habit to go to Drakes Bay Oyster Company (DBOC), formerly Johnson’s, for the best, cleanest and freshest oysters in the state. The farm is operated by the Lunny family.

I am extremely disappointed in the Point Reyes National Seashore and the Sierra Club for their plan to rid the park of the DBOC, which serves the whole Bay Area such wonderful oysters.

I am amazed that the other local oyster farms have not said so much as one word in support of DBOC. Do they hope the park will close DBOC down so they can have that business, or are they afraid to make waves for fear of drawing attention to themselves?

Are they aware of the fact that most of the oysters that are sold by the farms on Tomales Bay are imported from Oregon and Washington because they can’t raise enough oysters to maturity in the warm waters of Tomales Bay to meet the demand? Be sure next time you purchase oysters to ask where they come from.

Most people don’t realize that when it rains a half-inch, the oyster farms on Tomales Bay must not harvest oysters for five days after the rain event, due to runoff. The next half-inch means another five days before they can harvest again. This happens all through the winter. The DBOC never has to close for rain because the waters around the farm are so pristinely clean. Keep that in mind the next time you hear someone criticize the Lunny family and the Drakes Bay Oyster Company.

I think that the Park Service should reconsider its plans to evict the DBOC, and beg the company to stay for as long as it wants. This way, everyone can have the great, fresh oysters that we have become accustomed to. Ecologically speaking, this also helps keep Drakes Bay clean.

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Public comments will be accepted until Dec. 9 regarding the DBOC’s use permit. Please go to for more information.

I would appreciate your support of this wonderful family business. Please express your concern to the Point Reyes National Seashore, the Sierra Club and our local representatives.

Margaret Garcia / Napa


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