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Connecting Cortes Island to Lund and beyond

As of November 1st, a  new Water Taxi & Cargo Deliveries service will be connecting Lund to the government wharf at Cortes Bay, on Mondays and Fridays.  

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Under First Nations Leadership, Businesses at the End of the Road Thrive

By Abby Francis, qathet Living, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter

In 2000, Tla’amin Nation and City of Powell River mayor Dave Formosa entered into a partnership to purchase about 4.1 acres of land in Lund. This area includes three harbours, two parking lots, a hotel and restaurant, general store, and a fuel dock. In 2016, just after treaty was signed, Tla’amin’s government bought out Formosa, and now owns all of the 4.1 acres. 

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qathet Regional District’s beach clean-up program

Across the waters just to the south of Cortes Island, the qathet Regional District has been carrying out extensive beach-clean-ups for several years. The most recent outgrowth of this program is the opening of BC’s first Ocean Plastic Depot in Powell River, last month.  Abby McLennan, from Let’s Talk Trash, says that the beach clean-up program started in 2017. 

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BC’s first Ocean Plastic Depot

A 2014 study estimates there are more than 5 trillion pieces of plastic floating in the ocean. There is also a great deal of polystyrene. These are two of the most prevalent types of ocean debris washing up on our beaches. The Ocean Legacy Foundation decided to do something about it and partnered with the qathet Regional District to open up BC’s first Ocean Plastic Depot in Powell River.

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Mike Moore Talks About The Waters Around Cortes Island

Originally posted on Cortes Radio.ca

Mike Moore obviously has an intense passion for the ocean and for the waters around Cortes Island in particular. He has been working on the water or under it for more than 40 years, as a commercial halibut, crab and prawn fisherman, as a diver harvesting sea cucumbers, sea urchins, scallops and the giant pacific octopus, as a Navigation Officer with the Canadian Coast Guard for 11 years and finally, along with Samantha Statton, he was owner/ operator of Misty Isles Adventures, Cortes Island’s kayaking and passenger schooner tourism business, which was the vessel by which many tourists and locals got to appreciate Cortes as an island, seen from the water.

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