The Fraser River and its estuary is one of the most productive salmon watersheds in the world and the most economically important in Canada. The proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline and tanker route traverse and transect vital salmon habitat.
For salmon, the Lower Fraser River acts as a bottleneck through which the entire diversity of Fraser River salmon populations must pass twice during their lifetime.
There is no safe time of the year when the impacts of a spill would be low. A spill during peak migration of unique Conservation Units or at risk species could be devastating to these populations.
We submitted this information to the National Energy Board and we will be releasing it soon in a new report.
Photo by April Bencze.