DR. MARTY GRIFFIN'S years of service to the cause of conservation in Marin are appreciated, but his opinion piece (Marin Voice, May 2) reminds me of Michael Moore's comment at the Oscars some years ago; we do indeed live in fictitious times.

Dr. Griffin reviews the many charges brought against the Drakes Bay Oyster Farm by the California Coastal Commission in its ongoing collaboration with the National Park Service against aquaculture on over 55 percent of the state of California's water bottom shellfish leases, but he fails to explain the commission's ham-handed attempts to regulate an activity over which it has no statutory authority.

If the oyster company is, technically, out of compliance with commission regulations, it is due entirely to the success of the bureaucratic pincer move deployed jointly by the commission and Park Service.

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