Research published today in Conservation Science and Practice indicates that 102 species at risk of extinction in the Fraser River estuary can be saved with an investment of $381 million over 25 years, or $15 million a year. This cost is a small fraction of the economic value of these important resources, such as our salmon populations.
The research demonstrates that the best way to achieve this is for First Nations and other governments to collaboratively implement a conservation and sustainability plan for recovery.
The study also found that approving major industrial developments, like the contentious Terminal 2 expansion on Roberts Bank, jeopardize many of these species, including Southern Resident killer whales, salmon, and much of the world’s population of western sandpipers.
We still have time to save species from extinction in the Fraser River Estuary, if we act now.