Interior Secretary to decide Drakes Oyster Co. fate

U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, looks over bags of oyster shells during a tour of Drakes Bay Oyster Company with owner Kevin Lunny, left, Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2012 in Point Reyes National Seashore, Calif. Salazar is on a fact-finding mission in Marin County to decide the fate of the family-run oyster farm. The Interior Secretary is expected to decide next week whether to allow the 70-year-old oyster farm to continue operating in the national seashore. In addition to visiting the farm Salazar met with environmentalists and National Park Service officials.(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

November 25, 2012 3:13:41 PM PST
A decision is expected on the fate of a popular North Bay oyster farm.

ABC7 News has been reporting on the fight over Drakes Bay Oyster Company since 2007.

The park service claims the farm in the Point Reyes National Seashore is harming the environment and wants it closed.

However, the National Academy of Sciences found the park service's environmental review lacks strong scientific support because there wasn't enough data available.

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has the final say about Drakes and his decision is expected within the next few days.

Drakes has been in operation since 1934 and is the last cannery on the West Coast.