Workers launch their motorboat to inspect oysters growing in the waters of Drakes Estero at Drakes Bay Oyster Company in Inverness, Calif., on December 13, 2011. The federal contract under which the Drakes Bay Oyster Company operates has recently expired. Now the Department of the Interior must decide whether or not to allow the sustainable oyster farm to continue commercial operations in a federally designated marine wilderness. (Alvin Jornada / Special to The Chronicle)
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