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An imminent decision on the fate of Drakes Bay Oyster Company brought Interior Secretary Ken Salazar to Point Reyes last Wednesday on a mission to hear from advocates and opponents of the 10-year lease renewal that he will either grant or deny by the end of this week. David Briggs

The debate over whether an oyster farm at the end of its lease should remain in a national seashore reached a crescendo last week, when supporters and opponents made final appeals to a Cabinet member who is hours away from announcing the fate of one of the state’s largest oyster suppliers and its only remaining cannery.

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