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General News · 10th October 2017
A number of improvements have been made on Gorge Harbour during the spring and summer months that should be shared with the community.

1. Once again, we had a successful harbour cleanup with a good turnout and an opportunity for stakeholders to share concerns and discuss potential solutions.

2. Island Sea Farms has been working to mitigate noise issues. Amongst the improvements and efforts made are the following:

- A new enclosure has been built for the diesel engine that runs the harvest line. ISF has expanded this to include the diesel that runs the seeder/re-tube line. The costs for fabrication and retrofitting the engines total $19,900, excluding staff labour, truck time and ferry costs.

- The noisy Honda water pumps are being dealt with in two ways; 1-replacement of the two pumps on the harvester with a new direct drive water pump. It took 6 months for this to arrive after ordering as it’s not a standard pump, and the cost of the pump alone was $32,727. Installation time is not included in this, and additional materials came to a cost of $1882. 2-Covers have been constructed for the other Honda power-packs and water pump.

- The harvester was moved to Read Island for as much of the summer as possible to accommodate for other users and residents.

- An effort is being made to avoid harvesting from B-islets during the summer months to accommodate for summer visitors, but only mother nature has control over growing conditions and subsequently, promises cannot be made, but an effort is being made.

3. The Harbour Authority of Cortes Island and Island Sea Farms worked together in lifting a few derelict boats from the beach and docks of the Small Craft Harbour wharf.

4. New lighting was installed on the Gorge Harbour Small Craft Harbour wharf last spring. Island Sea Farms assisted the Harbour Authority of Cortes Island by bringing the new lighting systems for the docks over from Campbell River. This was done on one of their “homeward” trips for free, and did not cost the community or HACI the small fortune that we had been quoted. It should be noted that these cost savings translate directly to the community by allowing us to redirect funds towards local employment projects and summer students.

5. DFO shellfish debris dumpster. Many thanks should go to Julia for organizing the DFO dumpster that was brought to the Gorge Harbour wharf last month. This was provided at DFO’s cost, and allowed local shellfish growers to dispose of old equipment, plastic floats, etc. in an effort to improve our shorelines and waterways.

Many thanks to everyone’s positive contribution to the future of Gorge Harbour.
Thanks for the positive news
Comment by Bob Katzko on 11th October 2017
Thanks for the positive news Amanda. I know it is a complicated situation for everybody but some steps seem to be going in the right direction.