Urgent Request to Rescind Interior Secretary’s Decision to Close Drakes Bay Oyster Company

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Urgent Request to Rescind Interior Secretary’s Decision to Close Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, California.

Oysters

February 14, 2013

President Barack Obama
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
(www.whitehouse.gov/contact)

Dear President Obama:

Sonoma County Farm Bureau, representing its 3,000-strong members in agriculture, related industries and environmental stewardship, requests you to rescind immediately the decision made by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar on November 29, 2012 to close Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Point Reyes, California. Unless you act immediately, the Oyster Company will be forced to close its century-old, environmentally positive and economically viable operation at the end of this month. It means the loss of our prized local business that produces nearly half of all oysters in California in a perfectly sustainable way. It will also mean that you will deprive more than 30 hard-working employees of their jobs just when you affirmed in your State of the Union Address that jobs and the economy were your top priorities.

Although Secretary Salazar’s decision has a complicated background, our concern lies not with the past but with the future. How can our government and industry work together to build better economy and healthier environment? The environmentalism of the last century created a dichotomous choice between resource production and the environment.  Many believed that the only way to “restore” the environment was to go backward by destroying anything man-made. Although such a stance of confrontation is still held by some of the most vocal groups, the momentum of history has moved beyond this untenable pursuit. This nation, blessed with the natural, economic, and human resources, must lead the world by showing how to integrate environmental, agricultural, social, and economic objectives – just as Drakes Bay Oyster Company has been doing, albeit on a very modest scale.

The decision to evict the Oyster Company is a reflection of an outdated environmental paradigm. Unless it is rescinded immediately, it will not only destroy this exemplary company and put its employees on the street, but also set a devastating example against your Administration’s forward thinking and thrust, and  disappoint business and environmental communities in general and the agricultural world in particular. For these reasons we plead for your rescinding the decision immediately.

Respectfully,

Tito

Tito Sasaki
President

cc:
Secretary Ken Salazar, Dept. of the Interior
feedback@ios.doi.gov, (www.doi.gov)

Secretary Tom Vilsack, Dept. of Agriculture
agsec@usda.gov, (www.usda.gov)

Acting Secretary Rebecca Blank, Dept. of Commerce
TheSec@doc.gov, (www.commerce.gov)

Secretary Hilda Solis, Dept. of Labor
talktosolis@dol.gov

Senator Dianne Feinstein
www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me

Senator Barbara Boxer
www.boxer.senate.gov/en/contact/

Rep. Mike Thompson
www.mikethompson.house.gov

Rep. Jared Huffman
CAHuffmanJared@mail.house.gov

Pres. Bob Stallman, AFBF

Pres. Paul Wenger, CFBF

Dominic Grossi, Marin County FB

Board of Directors, Sonoma County FB

Jack Rice, Esq., CFBF

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