Port of Vancouver expansion set to destroy estuary habitat

Juvenile salmon measuring ;ess than 5 centimetres shown displayed inside a plastic glass box with a ruler in the bottom. Box and fish are being held by two hands visible in the picture, with a blurred background of grass, and blue sky beside water

Photo by Michael O Snyder.

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to expand the existing terminal at Deltaport doubling its capacity to offload containers through the creation of a 108-hectare berth in the heart of the Fraser River estuary at Roberts Bank.

If completed the expansion would directly destroy estuary habitat and force juvenile salmon to swim further out and away from their preferred habitat as they transition to the saline conditions of the outer estuary. The expansion also impacts Southern Resident killer whales – both from shipping noise and potential loss of Chinook salmon as their primary prey (the estuary is important to juvenile Chinook).

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