Doing what’s right for the ecology

In yesterday’s Marin Independent-Journal is a view of the situation unfolding in Drake’s Estero not before seen in print (by me anyhow).

Joe Mueller, professor of Marine Biology, College of Marin writes:

“I COMMEND the level of public engagement in the debate over whether to protect Drakes Estero marine wilderness or continue commercial oyster operations in our local national park. While the decision did not rest on scientific matters, fundamental ecological principles have always supported protecting this estuary.

As a local professor of marine ecology and environmental science for the past 25 years, I would be remiss if I didn’t voice strong disagreement with those that feel growing and extracting 20 million non-native oysters from the Drakes Bay Ecosystem is in any way commendable as an environmentally healthy practice.”

Read his entire piece here.

Oyster racks imbued with creosote covered with eel grass

Oyster racks imbued with creosote covered with eel grass

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Read about creosote here.

Cormorants resting on oyster racks imbued with creosote

Cormorants resting on oyster racks imbued with creosote

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2 thoughts on “Doing what’s right for the ecology

  1. Great to see the link! Also, I’d like people to peruse your photos for a broader view of what this industry produces that ends up in our oceans and on our beaches . . .

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