Two researchers squat on the banks of the Fraser river estuary. They are holding a long net in place stretching across the water under a grey blue sky.

Reconnecting Fraser Estuary salmon habitat

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our research and restoration efforts in the Fraser River Estuary continued through 2020. Now in year five, this work is helping us understand how the estuary supports millions of juvenile salmon in its different habitats …

An aerial view of the Fraser estuary with a city and mountains in the background.

Seven years in the Lower Fraser

In 2014, Raincoast initiated its work in the Lower Fraser River. From primary research and physical habitat restoration to engagement with communities, environmental reviews, and policy change, the scope of our work stretches from the beginning of the river’s gravel …

Raincoast scientist in grey t shirt and off white cargo pants stands on a bank of grass by the Fraser River estuary holding onto a blue net with orange balls spaced out on top, tied to a tall pole under blue skies.

Year five in the Fraser River Estuary

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our research and restoration efforts in the Fraser River Estuary continued through 2020.

Now in year five, this work is helping us understand how the estuary supports millions of juvenile salmon in its different habitats …

Stop Terminal 2 expansion

Raincoast wants to stop Terminal 2 and protect migratory birds. The Port of Vancouver’s proposed Terminal 2 expansion would double the size of its shipping terminal. If approved, this project would permanently alter the flow of water across intertidal habitat …

Black, brown and white sandpiper seen with its beak on the ground, a small shadow under it on the Fraser River estuary banks, a film of thin water spreading out from under its legs to the horizon.

Hundreds of thousands of birds at risk

Port Metro Vancouver’s proposed Terminal 2 expansion project, is putting hundreds of thousands of birds at risk.

The Port’s Terminal 2 expansion would double the size of its shipping terminal in the Fraser River Estuary. If approved, this project would …

Aerial photograph of red sockeye salmon visible against stark pale brown sand through clear water

Read our report on Lower Fraser river

2020 has seen record low returns of sockeye to the Fraser River.

To help address this critical conservation issues the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Conservations Decisions Lab at the University of BC and West Coast Env. Law, …

A big salmon is seen hovering over a rocky bed under water with sun rays shining down on it and the murky pale green water in the Fraser river estuary

Crucial time for wild salmon

This is a crucial time for wild salmon that depend on the Fraser River. Following years of decline in the number of Chinook and sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser, the last two years have seen the lowest on record, …

A pale brown barn owl wings spread wide in flight low above the ground, wheat coloured grass stalks waving below.

Heart of the Fraser River estuary threatened

Despite having already lost almost 80% of its naturally functioning habitat, the estuary is relied on by millions of birds.

During spring and fall migration, the estuary hosts nearly all the world’s population of Western Sandpipers. Year round, it is …

Underwater bright green reeds and a salmon exploring under them

Protecting the Stó:lō

Stó:lō, Dakelh, Lhtakoh, ?Elhdaqox. A river of such length has an equally long history. Long before the river’s current namesake explorer, Simon Fraser, ever arrived, Indigenous communities were shaped and were shaped by the river, of various names, and its …

Green water under the surface at the Fraser river estuary, and salmon seen as small darts swimming along in the water

Take action to protect Fraser river estuary

British Columbia’s Fraser Estuary is currently at risk from industrialization.

The proposed Terminal 2 expansion will further destroy and degrade wildlife habitat in the Fraser River Estuary, an area that is home to more than 100 species of wildlife at-risk …

Reject Terminal 2 expansion

We are working to protect the Fraser Estuary from the Terminal 2 Expansion.

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to almost double the size of their existing terminal, Deltaport Terminal, in the Fraser Estuary.

As a nursery and feeding ground, …

A researcher's two hands hold up a plastic bag with salmon in the foreground, while behind marsh, water, and blue sky stretches out.

Ambitious habitat restoration project

In March of 2019, we began phase one of an ambitious habitat restoration project in the Fraser River Estuary. ⠀

We created three 50m breaches in the Steveston Jetty to allow juvenile salmon access to marshy habitat. ⠀

To sample …

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