Water, Land and Wildlife

The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority relies heavily on local waterways and coastal lands to carry out our mandate of facilitating Canadian trade.

We protect these resources not only because they are integral to our operations, but because they are natural endowments to be enjoyed by all British Columbians for years to come.

To protect these resources, we have implemented a broad range of initiatives that address water quality, responsible land management, and conservation of local wildlife that contribute to the region’s rich biodiversity.


We protect local water quality through a number of initiatives, including those that aim to prevent stormwater pollution and in-port ballast water exchange, which can harm local wildlife and contaminate local water sources. We also build several types of constructed habitats – such as rock bundles, marine refuge areas and habitat benches – to help preserve the marine environment. Learn more about water.

Land management

Our commitment to the environment does not stop at the shoreline. With environmental site assessments, we hold our tenants responsible for cleaning up and remediating any contamination that occurs at their sites. As part of our Land Renewal Strategy, the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority also uses a combination of remediation and management approaches to address sites that have been contaminated through past activities. Learn more about land management.

Habitat enhancement

Roberts Bank Terminal 2To help maintain a balance between a healthy environment and future port development, we have been proactively enhancing local habitat for more than 20 years. Through our habitat enhancement program, we create, restore and enhance habitats throughout the Lower Mainland that benefit our region’s fish and wildlife. Learn more about habitat enhancement.

Marine mammals

To manage the impact of port operations on resident killer whales, our dredging program takes place under the supervision of a marine mammal specialist. The Vancouver Fraser Port Authority also leads the Enhancing Cetacean Habitat and Observation (ECHO) Program, which aims to better understand and manage the impact of shipping activities on at-risk whales throughout the southern coast of British Columbia. Learn more about marine mammals.

Plants, fish and wildlife

A healthy environment relies on all levels of the ecosystem, including small plants, biofilm, fish populations and wildlife. We have implemented a number of measures to help preserve our region’s marine vegetation, safeguard species at risk within our jurisdiction, and prevent the introduction of invasive species. Where and when appropriate, we also collaborate with local community and environmental organizations to protect local wildlife and support conservation efforts. Learn more about plants, fish and wildlife.