Habitat restoration

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Since 1991,?we have?been creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat,?including?salt?water?marshes, intertidal marshes and eelgrass beds,?to help maintain a balance between a healthy environment and future development that may be required for port operations.

The?Habitat Enhancement Program?is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority?initiative focused on creating, restoring and enhancing the viability and sustainability of fish and wildlife?habitat.?It was formalized?in 2012?through a?working?agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada.?Through this agreement, we?are able to?develop habitat sites that can be “banked”, allowing us to directly offset effects of port development may have on fish and/or fish habitat.?

In addition to working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we also consult with local Indigenous groups, all levels of government,?neighbouring?communities, and other regulators on these projects. This allows us to make sure the interests of all parties are considered, for the benefit of everyone. We have also collaborated with environmental organizations, such as?Ducks Unlimited?and the?Pacific Salmon Foundation, to leverage their expertise when enhancing habitats that benefit fish and other wildlife.?

Port authority-led habitat enhancement projects??

Location

Name

Status

Delta? Tsawwassen Eelgrass? Design, permitting and approvals?phase?
Delta? Westham Island Canoe Pass Tidal Marsh? Permitting and approvals phase?
North Vancouver? Maplewood Marine Restoration? Under construction?
Richmond? McDonald Tidal Marsh? Permitting and approvals phase?
Richmond? South Arm Jetty Tidal Marsh? Design, permitting and approvals?phase?
Vancouver? Point Grey Tidal Marsh? Design, permitting and approvals phase?

Over the last 20 years, we have completed eight habitat enhancement sites throughout the Lower Mainland. Some of the recently completed projects include:?

Location

Name

Status

Vancouver? New Brighton Park? Complete?
Roberts Bank, Boundary Bay? Salt Marsh Restoration? Complete?
Fraser River? Glenrose Tidal Marsh Project? Complete?

Learn more about our ongoing field studies as part of the environmental and technical work behind our habitat enhancement projects.

October 2020 – Field Studies Notification
June 2018 – Field Studies Notification
May 2018 – Field Studies Notification
April 2018 – Field Studies Notification
March 2018 – Field Studies Notification
October 2017 – Field Studies Notification
August 2017 – Field Studies Notification
June 2017 – Field Studies Notification
October 2015 – Field Studies Information Sheet
September 2015 – Field Studies Information Sheet
August 2015 – Field Studies Information Sheet