Fish habitat protection on the Fraser River

Photo by Ian Lindsay, CNS Files
Photo by Ian Lindsay, CNS Files

An article in May 18th’s Vancouver Sun presents a scathing report from the Auditor-General regarding the Federal Government’s role in protecting fish habitats along the Fraser River. Issues such as a lack of monitoring, enforcement and accountability, and the damaging practice of gravel removal that has killed millions of juvenile salmon, are cited as the principle causes of Ottawa’s percieved failure.

    In 2006, improper construction of a causeway for accessing one gravel removal site resulted in a side channel downstream drying up, exposing salmon nests and resulting in the loss of up to 2.25 million pink salmon. Rebecca Reid, Regional Director of Oceans Habitat and Enhancement, said in Vancouver a five-year agreement between Victoria and Ottawa… [read the full article]

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