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We have never had a finer, more delectable oyster served in our restaurant. Our customers are impressed. Cortes oysters are the only oysters I'd buy.  

- Dennis Vaughan, President, North Island Chefs Association.

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Cortes Island Shellfish Interpretive Center And Web Site

A tribute to Cortes Island

The words "Cortes Island" and "quality shellfish" are synonymous in many parts of the world. Cortes Island shellfish growers pride themselves in their ability to grow and harvest a superior product from the pristine waters of British Columbia's north-central coast.

Feature Article Potential for the Shellfish Industry on Cortes island

Two years ago, in an article published on www.cortesshellfish.ca entitled "The State of the Shellfish Industry on Cortes Island," I pointed out some of the problems facing the Shellfish Industry, and stressed the need for immediate change. Much has happened since then; some positive, some less so.

By Marcel Creurer

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Did you know...
In Wales it was believed that pale young women would improve if they were fed oysters.
Featured Recipe
Barbecued Calgary Oysters
Marcel Creurer, Silent Harvest
  • Allow 2 – 3 medium-size Cortes oysters per serving
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder
  • Chopped onions
  • Bacon bits
  • Bread or cracker crumbs
  • Butter
Steam oysters open; remove and discard top shell. Place oysters on a flat cookie sheet layered with crumpled aluminum foil or a layer of coarse salt to stabilize the oyster. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Add chopped onions and bacon bits to each oyster. Smother with bread crumbs; top with dollop of butter. Grill until golden brown. Serve hot.

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