||The draft EIS explores a range of alternatives, including a no-action alternative under which DBOC's existing authorizations would expire on November 30, 2012 and subsequent conversion of Drakes Estero to full wilderness. Under the three action alternatives, the Secretary of Interior would exercise his discretion to issue a new 10-year SUP to DBOC to for commercial oyster operations in Drakes Estero through November 30, 2022. The action alternatives consider differing levels of onshore facilities and infrastructure and offshore operations. At this time, there is not a preferred alternative. Full and objective input from the public is encouraged on all of the alternatives analyzed in the Draft EIS. All public comments received on the Draft EIS will be evaluated and considered in the development of the preferred alternative which will be identified in the Final EIS.
9/27/11 NOTE: The table header on pages xli-lix of the Executive Summary inadvertently labeled all columns as "Alternative A." This typo has been corrected on pages xli-lix of the "Front Matter" file below.
11/17/2011 UPDATE: In light of next week's anticipated release of the Marine Mammal Commission report regarding harbor seal ecology in Point Reyes National Seashore, the National Park Service is extending the public comment period for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Drakes Bay Oyster Company Special Use Permit to December 9, 2011.