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. The program administers a habitat bank that is formalized through a 15-year agreement with Fisheries and Oceans Canada, which allows us to directly offset effects of port development 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