Prioritizing Management Actions to Save Species at Risk in the Fraser River Estuary

Estuaries are among the most important and productive marine ecosystems globally. They are also among the most at risk. British Columbia’s Fraser River Estuary (FRE) is the mouth of one of the largest salmon bearing river in the world, supports the highest concentration of migratory birds in Canada, and is home to half of BC’s rapidly expanding urban population. Without timely and effective conservation management, these goods and services are at risk. Water pollution and loss of habitat resulting from industrial and urban development, exploitation of fish stocks, and climate change are a few of the key threats. Research effort to date in the FRE has focused on identifying its natural assets and their threats.

This Meopar-funded project instead focuses research on the identifying key management actions needed to ensure the long-term resilience of this unique estuary. Led by post-doc, Laura Kehoe this project brings together First Nations and other experts in the ecology, sociology, economics and management of estuarine systems and the FRE, along with fishers and other nonspecialists with local knowledge to estimate the costs, benefits, and feasibility of alternative management actions for conservation of the FRE.

Core Team: Laura Kehoe, Tara Martin, Julia Baum, Jessie Lund and Lia Chalifour.   Collaborators: Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Pacific Salmon Foundation, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Environment and Climate Change Canada

 Lia Chalifour et al fieldwork Fraser1
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