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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...
Thousands of slaves were employed on the shores of the English Channel, gathering oysters for Roman tables. So prized were they that the Romans paid for them by their weight in gold.
Featured Recipe
Oysters Mombas
Chloe Gregg

OysterFest '08

½ cu butter

3 cloves garlic, finely minced1

small bunch parsley or cilantro, chopped

African hot sauce or Piri Piri sauce or Tabasco sauce, to taste

½ cu white wine

Salt, pepper and red pepper, to taste

2-3 doz fresh oysters, cleaned and left on the half shell 

Sauce: melt butter in saucepan; add garlic & parsley; sauté a few minutes; add hot sauce, wine, salt and pepper. Remove from heat. 

Arrange oysters on a baking sheet over crumbled foil or bed of coarse salt.

Drizzle a spoonful of sauce over each oyster. 

Bake oysters for 6 – 8 minutes in 350F oven or BBQ.

Serve immediately with lemon wedges and remaining hot sauce.

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