Marin County Oyster Farm Back in Business After Oil Spill Closure

Marin County's largest oyster farm is back in business after it was shut down for three weeks following the San Francisco Bay oil spill.

Drakes Bay Family Farms in Inverness received clearance from state officials Friday to reopen its oyster operation in Drakes Estero in the Point Reyes National Seashore.

Owner Kevin Lunny estimates his company lost between $200,000
and $300,000 because it was forced to close after the Cosco Busan
cargo ship spilled 58,000 gallons of oil into the bay on Nov. 7.

State officials say chemical tests show the oyster farm was not impacted by the spill.

Drakes Bay Family Farms produces about 85 percent of Marin
County's commercially grown oysters.

Information from: Marin Independent Journal,

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