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The Drakes Bay Oyster Farm on Drakes Estero
Point Reyes National Seashore, California

The Drakes Bay Oyster Company, and before it the Johnson Oyster Co, have operated an oyster farm here at the head of Schooner Bay, a branch of Drakes Estero, for 70 years.

In 1976 an act of Congress designated Drakes Estero as a marine wilderness area. The National Park Service scheduled the oyster operation for closure in 2012 when the 40 year lease ran out. These photographs were taken a week after the Secretary of the Interior deinied an appeal by the oyster farm owners and gave them 90 days to close down and move out.


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Point Reyes Oyster Farm, ordered to close

Point Reyes Oyster Farm, ordered to close

The Point Reyes Oyster Farm, a week after it was given a 90-day close-down order by the National Park Service.

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: December 3, 2012
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Dock area at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm

Dock area at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm

The dock area at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm on Drakes Estero

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: December 3, 2012
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Oyster shells at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm

Oyster shells at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm

Piles of oyster shells at the Point Reyes Oyster Farm

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: December 3, 2012
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Oyster Farm on Schooner Bay at Point Reyes

Oyster Farm on Schooner Bay at Point Reyes

The Point Reyes Oyster Farm on the Schooner Bay branch of Drakes Estero

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: December 3, 2012
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Beach and salt marsh on Schooner Bay

Beach and salt marsh on Schooner Bay

Beach and salt marsh on the Schooner Bay branch of Drakes Estero

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Date photographed: December 3, 2012
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