Michael Humling/U.S. Fish Wildlife Service photo

Federal project to boost Chinook salmon population in Fraser River delta

British Columbia, Canada - $2 million to restore salmon habitat will help feed endangered southern resident killer whales

The (Canadian) federal government has launched a new $2-million project to restore marine habitat in the Fraser River estuary in the hopes of boosting the survival numbers of chinook and other Pacific salmon, which are a crucial part of the diet of the endangered southern resident killer whales.

Over the next four years, Ducks Unlimited Canada and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation will look into ways to control invasive plants which have a negative impact on fish habitat in the Fraser estuary, as well as undertake upgrades to the dikes on Gunn and Rose Kirkland Islands. The two conservation groups will also reconnect marshlands cut off by dikes with the rest of the Fraser’s southern arm.

Announcing the project late last December, Delta MP Carla Qualtrough said the aim of the fund is to preserve, protect and restore chinook salmon habitat in the Fraser River delta.

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