Given the importance of habitat to Fraser River salmon, and the intensity of development pressures in the Lower River and estuary, Raincoast has initiated a Lower Fraser Salmon Conservation Program. Our goal is to restore and recover the reproductive potential of wild salmon habitat within the Lower Fraser River. Our work here is focused on estuary research, restoration and building a vision for salmon habitat conservation. A major component of the program, and focus of this role, is supporting the development, and ultimately implementation, of a vision for salmon habitat conservation and restoration. Implementing this plan requires a governance structure and funding mechanism with an overarching priority of ecological resilience.
Over the past four years, Raincoast has been actively engaging community members in the Lower Fraser to discuss the concept of a vision for salmon habitat. This has included leading a series of workshops to discuss issues, concerns and considerations in developing and implementing this vision. The priority for this is role is to support and coordinate Raincoast’s efforts to create and establish such a plan, including working with partners to develop potential governance structures for salmon habitat management, restoration and protection. It will also include developing and overseeing Raincoast’s strategic communication and outreach efforts.
We are also leading a long term research program in the Fraser River estuary focused on understanding juvenile salmon presence, timing and distribution and the associated restoration of migration barriers in site specific locations. This activity runs in parallel to this work.