Habitat enhancement

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As part of our approach to environmental stewardship and sustainability, we have been proactively enhancing local habitat for more than 20 years.

Since 1991, our team has been creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat to help maintain a balance between a healthy environment and future development that may be required for port operations.

Habitat Enhancement Program

The Habitat Enhancement Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiative focused on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. It is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and future development projects that may be required for port operations.

The program administers a habitat bank that is formalized through a 15-year agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada. The current main initiatives led by the Habitat Enhancement Program are to develop and implement habitat projects for habitat banking purposes, to directly offset effects to fish and fish habitat as part of port development, or a combination of both.

We have a number of completed, current and ongoing habitat enhancement projects around the Lower Mainland. Learn about all of these projects by clicking on the interactive map above.

Learn about our current and proposed habitat enhancement projects.

Field work

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

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

Partnerships

In addition to working with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we consult with Aboriginal groups, all levels of government, other regulators and adjacent communities to seek alignment and benefits for all parties related to our habitat enhancement projects. For years, we have also collaborated with environmental organizations, such as Ducks Unlimited and the Pacific Salmon Foundation, to enhance habitat for the benefit of fish and wildlife.