About This Blog & Me

To watch the video: “The Framing of an Oyster Farm”,  click the link or copy and paste it into your web browser: http://vimeo.com/52331881


The purpose of this site is to inform, not to inflame. Provided herein, you will find information about the cultural, legal, and administrative history of Drakes Estero, the oyster farm, and surrounding ranches located in Point Reyes, California. New postings will be added to keep the blog up to date with current events involving this unfolding saga.

My name is Jane Gyorgy and I was a resident of Point Reyes Station from summer of 2004 to spring of 2013, I have been following the developments of this saga since its beginnings in 2005. In order to better understand the situation and all the convolutions, I started with a simple spread sheet in April of 2011, recording the history and facts as best as I could cull from the people involved and the available information on-line. Within a week I had accumulated nine pages of information. As of May 2012, it is almost 45 pages long – landscaped – replete with time lines and hyper-links.

Along with my chronology, you will also find published articles, bi-partisan letters, and my own commentary, each under headings of their own. Links to YouTube presentations by Dr. Corey Goodman (the world-renowned scientist and elected member of the National Academy of Sciences who exposed scientific misconduct at the NPS in 2007 and has been working tirelessly, pro-bono,  on behalf of truth and integrity in this process ever since) as well as his complete biography and list of awards and presentations. ABC7, Assignment 7, has been covering this story practically from the beginning. Links to their video clips and stories are available too.  I have also provided links to the Drakes Bay Oyster Company website and Evvy Eisen’s magnificent photos of the oyster farm and workers.

I welcome your comments and invite you to become informed.

Thank you for exploring this issue with me.

Jane Gyorgy, PO Box 900, Point Reyes Station, CA 94956


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  1. Kim Parigoris

     /  October 31, 2012

    I am not a great blogger so don;t know if I am doing this correctly! I would like to know if there is a way I can download the video I saw of Drakes Bay Oyster Company and the NPS today. There are a lot of conservation easements being bought up in our area in the name of the Swainson Hawk (not even on the national or international Endangered Species list) and I would like to be able to give this video to some people on a DVD. I am able to burn copies..

  2. Earl and Dee

     /  November 12, 2012

    For some reason we are unable to sign the on-line petition. Can we mail in a letter of support to someone?
    Earl and Dee

  3. ALRUI

     /  December 6, 2012

    Hi Jane – I was following this situation in the news and was led to your awesome site here when I heard you call in to talk to Dr. Wattenburgs show. Theres a station in Santa Cruz (you may or may not know of) called KSCO & the owner hosts a show called the Saturday Special in which they talk about local issues and try to have a guest and in cases like this the opposition (park service rep. perhaps). Dr. Bill hosts a show on said station as well (not his regular Sunday show in which you called in). Anyway the owners name is Michael Zwerling and he is always looking for stories such as this. The station phone # is 831 475-1080 and Michaels e-mail is mz@ksco.com If you like I can e-mail him and let him know about you & your site or you can contact him at the station, I think this would be a great way to let the masses know whats going on up there. As a native Californian (now living in North Carolina Im disgusted by this whole mess!).

    • Thanks for this information. I will give him a call and pass along your message to Kevin (DBOC) and Corey (Dr. Goodman)!

  4. ALRUI

     /  December 6, 2012

    Hi Jane – Sounds great, I hope you dont mind but after watching the video, etc. I went ahead and e-mailed him a link to your site here and the video link and encouraged him to do a show with you guys. I hope you can connect and get something going:-)

    • Don’t mind it a bit. I just emailed Kevin and Corey with the info so they can contact him directly too! Thanks again for the great info!

  5. I am the proprietor of the Moby Dick Hotel and Oysterfarm in Nahcotta, Wa. As an ardent enviromentalist I was asked by someone who is fighting the aquaculture industry in Wa. state’s efforts to eradicate Japanese eelgrass with pesticides– to encourage the east coast shellfish growers to withdraw their opposition to Salazar’s decision. I replied that not only did I not support the Salazar decision, but was elated to hear that the ECShellfish Growers are trying to get it reversed..
    I’m actually somewhat familiar with the Inverness area, and am in full support of Corey Goodman who protested the bogus science of the Forest Service. The same environmental, wilderness organizations who support Salazar’s decision
    are the same who support the use of pesticides to eradicate spartina, and other types of
    vegetation that have been described as non-native, invasive etc, based on the same kind of subjective science that Goodman has had the courage to criticize I’m sure at great peril to his professional status.
    Unlike the abhorrent environmental stewardship of the Washington State Aquaculture industry–they have sprayed tons of pesticides into Willapa bay and washington waters in general — over years, the Lunneys seem to be working with nature rather than against it. If I remember correctly Mr. Johnson who I met years ago told me that he had begun oystering in Nahcotta and because of his disagreement with the oystergrowers practice of spraying carbaryl to get rid of a native ghost shrimp and for more opportunity he moved to Drakes Estero.
    Just for your information, Wa. state in their motion to dismiss my law suit against the state and county for pesticide drift on my oysterbeds, described Willapa Bay as a chemical soup.
    This drift was a result of the spraying of glyphosate and imazapyr in the spartina eradication efforts. I heard that Tomales Bay has not bought into the bad science which went viral regarding spartina even in other parts of California.

  6. Jane, I will be interviewing Dr. Corey Goodman October 19th on the Sedona Dreams show on truthfrequencyradio.com George W. Berry

  7. Hi Jane,
    I had the honor of attending last week’s sad closing ceremony at Drakes Bay Oyster Company. I’ve posted a blog on my website @farministasfeast.com http://farministasfeast.com/2014/08/04/farewell-to-drakes-bay-oyster-company/ that covers that event, along with photos I took. I thought you’d like to see it; you’re quoted in the piece. Please feel free to share if you like. I am a Novato-based writer/blogger/photographer who specializes in advocating for sustainable agriculture and artisan food producers in the North Bay.

    Thank you for all you’ve done to assist the Lunnys in getting accurate information out there about their cause!
    Karen Pavone

  8. I had difficulty getting to your blog post through the link you provided so I have copied and pasted this link to your posting to assist others

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