DUC’s conservation approaches are helping combat the many threats facing Canada’s most important overwintering area for waterfowl.
The Fraser River Estuary is a complex network of tidal marshes, channels, mudflats, sand flats and eelgrass meadows that spill into the Strait of Georgia. Located in British Columbia’s Lower Mainland, the estuary runs through Delta, Richmond and Vancouver.
As the largest estuary in B.C., the Fraser River Estuary supports an abundance of wildlife: it is the main artery that feeds biodiversity on B.C.’s West Coast. Millions of waterfowl pass through on their migration journey and stop to winter and feed on the rich variety of insects and plants found in the estuary’s mudflats and tidal marshes.
And each spring, juvenile ocean-type Chinook salmon spend an average of 41 days in the estuary en route to the Pacific Ocean. The estuary is also the lifeblood for the endangered southern resident killer whales, which rely on adult Chinook salmon as their main food source.
But as each year passes, urban and industrial expansion continues to chip away at the estuary’s ability to sustain its diversity of life. Pollution, widespread dredging and diking, urban sprawl, climate change, and numerous large-scale current and future industrial developments, threaten the estuary’s capacity to support the biodiversity that depends on it.
We are applying our conservation knowledge to find solutions that will safeguard the vital habitats within this critical ecosystem.
From creating new tidal marsh habitat for spawning salmon, to restoring decades of lost tidal marsh vital to overwintering waterfowl, the Fraser River Estuary’s ability to flourish is helped by our ongoing commitment to on-the-ground conservation.
And, through our partnerships with government and other NGOs, we are looking to stem tidal marsh loss along the banks of the Fraser River Estuary and help lead further research as global warming and rising sea levels threaten the region.
See how we’re bringing conservation to life through our work in the North Arm Jetty, which is restoring migration pathways and revitalizing natural salmon habitat.
Fraser River Estuary tidal marsh creation report - March 2022
Our in-depth report explores factors influencing the persistence of created tidal marshes in the Fraser River Estuary.
Our work of conserving, protecting and managing wetlands is needed to support this vital habitat. DUC is leading Fraser River Estuary Salmon Habitat (FRESH) Restoration Projects in partnership with Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Tsawwassen First Nation, and the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance.
Aimed at restoring tidal marsh fish habitat and building marsh resilience to keep pace with rising seas.
FRESH news about salmon from the imperilled ecosystems in the Fraser River Estuary.
Find out more about the projects, wildlife, and the people inspiring our ongoing conservation work in the Fraser River Estuary.
The recent completion of the first phase of the Sturgeon Bank pilot project will benefit fish, wildlife and people who use this important ecosystem.
Fraser tidal marsh habitats are incredibly important for wildlife.
$5-million investment will advance innovative solutions to build the resilience of key estuary marsh habitats for salmon and coastal flood protection
Over the past 40 years, more than 100 tidal marsh restoration projects have been constructed in the Fraser River Estuary to mitigate the loss of habitats.
Promising signs from Invasive species cattail management experiment underway at Frenchies Island in the Fraser River Delta of B.C.
A new paper by 23 prominent B.C. conservation specialists lays out the Priority Threat Management plan to save one of the most important ecosystems on Canada's West Coast .
Three breaches to the Woodward Dam and Training Wall will help juvenile salmon and improve biodiversity in marsh habitats of the Fraser River estuary.
Tosh Sutherland has been part of the DUC salmon monitoring crew working in the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area.
The Pacific Estuary Conservation Program Estuary Ranking Report in B.C. offers insights into where conservation is most needed in the province.
This work would not be possible without our many partners:
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