Report: Oyster farm review lacks scientific support

Questions are being raised about whether the National Park Service did enough research before trying to shut down an oyster farm.
August 30, 2012 8:41:09 PM PDT
A new scientific review is raising questions about whether the National Park Service did enough research before trying to shut down an oyster farm.

The battle is over the Drake's Bay Oyster Company in the Point Reyes national seashore. The park service has claimed the farm is harming the environment and wants it closed.

But the National Academy of Sciences has found that the park service's environmental review "lacks strong scientific support" because there wasn't enough data available. The academy also said the park service research was so deficient that it was "similar to estimating rainfall for an entire year when the rainfall records are only available for March."

When contacted by ABC7 News for a response, National Park Service Assistant Regional Director Stephanie Burkhart issued a statement saying, "We welcome the input and will consider the academy's recommendations in its final environmental review."


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