Salmon River Habitat Risk Assessment
Salmon River habitat risk assessment project assesses the biological risk posed by man-made and natural stressors acting on the salmon of the Salmon River in Langley BC. This assessment looks at risks and impacts to salmon throughout different habitats and life cycle phases. In partnership with the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA), FNFLF is implementing the Risk Assessment Methodology for Salmon (RAMS) to understand and assess the habitat risks posed to Salmon and their habitats in the Salmon River, and develop a habitat restoration and enhancement plan for the Salmon River Watershed.
RAMS is identified in the DFO Wild Salmon Policy as a key tool in the “risk assessment toolkit” to “identify management interventions to conserve, restore or enhance salmon CUs of interests within a broader ecosystem”, and serves to “integrate climate and ocean information into annual salmon management processes” (Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Strategy, DFO, 2018).
THE SILVER HIGHWAY PROJECT
The Silver Highway Project is an opportunity to bring together a number of First Nations, academics, non-governmental and governmental partners to address key gaps in our collective understanding of the threats to sturgeon and eulachon freshwater and estuary habitats including an improved understanding of species interactions.
This includes a public art installation to commemorate our partnerships and provide a legacy that fosters understanding for all communities that enjoy Lower Fraser ecosystems.
SURREY BEND HABITAT ENHANCEMENT PROJECT
(2014 - 2019)
The Surrey Bend Habitat Enhancement Project includes significant improvements to salmon-bearing habitat on the Fraser River and improved public access through Surrey Bend Regional Park.
The project establishes fish-rearing and over-wintering habitat for Coho and Chinook salmon in a productive area of Parsons Channel on the Fraser River and includes 2.1 km of tidal channels, over 39,000 new plantings, the construction of two bridges (including a pedestrian bridge), and the removal of invasive species including hardhack.
23 workers were involved from the six participating First Nations communities, with seven employees immediately retained for continued work on other projects. This is the first completed project led by the FNFLF and represents a successful collaboration with several levels of government.