With your support this precious stretch of the river between Mission and Hope, less than two hours drive from Vancouver, has narrowly avoided the threat of development. We have been successful in ensuring the permits for bridges to Herrling and Carey Islands have been denied. This region provides prime spawning habitat for salmon and white sturgeon and serves as a nursery for millions of baby salmon every year. Herrling and Carey Islands not only provide a large amount of vital fish habitat but are an important area for fishing and outdoor recreation.
Developers cleared massive amounts of forest on both islands and applied to build bridges to these islands which, if approved, would have led to the destruction of critical fish habitat for agriculture. As of June 2019, the bridge permit for Herrling Island has been denied and the owners of Carey Island have withdrawn their application.
There is now a major effort by BC’s conservation community to secure, protect and restore these islands. Three actions are needed:
- Acquire key private properties with sensitive habitats
- Push DFO to consider these islands for protection as Canada’s first Ecologically Sensitive Area
- Work with the Province to create a comprehensive process of collaboration
The future of the Fraser as one of the world’s great salmon rivers depends on its success.
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