Oyster farm great research site



Editor, Index-Tribune:

Drakes Bay Oyster Farm is a biological research site of significant value. Where else are biologists going to find a population of filter feeders with such an intimate relationship with the Pacific Ocean? Oysters filter sea water, have a short generation time and, because of this, lend themselves in the same way as lab mice to biological research.

The population is large enough to provide tight statistical data that will serve as an early warning system to what is going on in the environment.

The animal husbandry is already in place. I could not have designed a greater, more sensitive environmental instrument. The government should provide grant money to fund research to monitor toxins.

So many times we see things as problems when they are really opportunities in disguise. I know the organisms are not indigenous to the environment. I love the romantic notion that we are going to return the earth to its pristine form. Some things can happen and should. This population of filter feeders is healthy and can provide us with insight to what’s coming down the tracks. Tell me a better way of testing thousands of gallons of sea water other than with an organism that thrives in the environment. Bacteria do not have specialization of tissues. Oysters volunteer for the job and are comprised of eukaryotic cells.

Let’s step back, away from politics, and be less concerned with the broad bush strokes of limited perception. I want to know what’s going on with the ocean as a whole.

Just by chance, here is an opportunity for some significant scientific research. So, lets check it out. Do a 10-year study, homogenize some tissues, spin it down in a centrifuge, perform some extractions, determine some concentrations, plot some points and make some predictions.

Or we can just stand on the tracks and wait for the train. This is a natural resource.

Eric Heine

Glen Ellen

  • Phineas Worthington

    The romantic notion of returning nature to its pristine form is precisely what is being pursued through improper law. Law that destroyed this business property by enabling and giving legal cover to the arbitrary decision of one unelected bureaucrat. This romantic notion is a purely irrational endeavor based on emotion that does not reflect reality and causes real harm to real people since it necessarily entails a sincere antagonism to human life.

    • Fred Allebach

      this is nearly unintelligible; P, if you want to be influential, get off the sterile proclamations, this is not going to persuade anybody of anything

      • Phineas Worthington

        What is the standard of value for you Fred? Individual life or the greatest good for the greatest number of people? Your comments indicate the latter.

      • Phineas Worthington

        You and I may need to go to an even more fundamental level of conceptual thinking with Aristotle’s Law of Identity, A is A.

        Can you and others of like mind even accept the Law of Identity?