Passions Run High in Bivalve Battle

January 22, 2013

A federal judge will soon address the fate of a family-owned oyster farm that has set off scientific debate, turned neighbor against neighbor and prompted an act of Congress. The Interior Department's refusal to extend a 40-year lease for Drakes Bay Oyster Co., which operated in a protected wilderness zone, has galvanized conservative media outlets because it pits a small business against the federal government.