HOW YOU CAN HELP:
- Call your local representative via phone, mail, and social media. Ask them to endorse the effort to Save Drakes Bay and encourage Congress to look into the false science that was used to evaluate the environmental impacts of shellfish cultivation in Drakes Estero.
- Hang the Save Drakes Bay sign in a prominent location at your home or business.
- Like Drakes Bay on Facebook and Twitter.
- Come visit us at Drakes Bay to learn about our operations first hand and try the best fresh oysters in the state.
- Post pictures and messages showing your support and upload them to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, using the #SaveDrakesBay hashtag and directing the posts at your local elected officials.
- Take pictures of yourself holding a homemade sign saying, "Save Drakes Bay Oyster Company". Tweet your photo at your Congressman and/or post it on Facebook and Instagram (please make the photos public so we can share) with the #SaveDrakesBay hashtag.
Here is a list of local Congressional representatives and their Twitter handles and phone numbers:
- Marin County and Sonoma County
Congressman Jared Huffman (Twitter: @JaredHuffman / Phone: 415-258-9657)
- Richmond, San Pablo, Martinez, Benicia, Pittsburg, Concord
Congressman George Miller (Twitter: @AskGeorge / Phone: 925-602-1880)
- San Francisco
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi (Twitter: @NancyPelosi / Phone: 415-556-4862)
- Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Oakland, Piedmont, Ashland, Castro Valley
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Twitter: @RepBarbaraLee / Phone: 510-763-0370)
- Danville, San Ramon, Dublin Pleasanton
Congressman Jerry McNerney (Twitter: @RepMcNerney / Phone: 925-754-0716)
- South San Francisco, San Mateo County
Congresswoman Jackie Speier (Twitter: @RepSpeier / Phone: 650-342-0300)
- Alameda, San Leandro, Hayward, Union City, Fremont
Congressman Eric Swalwell (Twitter: @RepSwalwell / Phone: 510-370-3322)
- Portions of San Mateo, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (Twitter: @RepAnnaEshoo / Phone: 650-323-2984)
- Much of the central, NE and SW area of Santa Clara County
Congressman Mike Honda (Twitter: @RepMikeHonda / Phone: 408-436-2720)
HELP US SAVE DRAKES BAY OYSTER COMPANY
Drakes Bay Oyster Company is in a heated legal battle with the Interior Department and the National Park Service (NPS) over their unjust attempts to close down our family farm that provides oysters to many San Francisco restaurants and supplies 30 percent of the oysters throughout California.
The NPS has misinformed the public about our farm, leveling false charges of environmental harm. NPS misinformed former Interior Secretary Ken Salazar with false science, including a fraudulent environmental impact statement that uses fabricated data to make unfounded charges of adverse impacts.
There is no excuse for false science, especially by the federal government.
The public knows better—this is a beloved, historic oyster farm that has been part of the region’s history for nearly 100 years. The Lunnys, a 5th generation Point Reyes ranching family, became the stewards of Drakes Bay Oyster in 2004 in part to revive this local tradition and ensure the continued environmental health of Drakes Estero.
If forced to close, 30 employees would be out of work and oysters would have to be flown in from out of state to keep up with the local demand. This is not right.
Drakes Bay works hard to keep the agricultural economic system in West Marin alive and actively participates in the creation of a more sustainable food model that restores, conserves, and maintains the productivity of the local landscapes and the health of its inhabitants.