Critical Skeena Salmon Habitat in Danger
The Pacific Northwest LNG project propsed for Lelu Island near Port Edward would result in the largest dredging project in Canadian history - right over top of Flora Bank, the most sensitive salmon habitat in BC.
This is where approximately 80% of Skeena salmon spend the most vulnerable time of their lives - finding new food, avoiding predators and adjusting to strong ocean currents.
The federal government stopped a similar development proposed for the exact same place 40 years ago.
"Flora Bank is the most important shallow area of the Skeena River estuary in terms of rearing juvenile fishes. The proposed port development would completely destroy the complex Flora Bank ecosystem and damage to the fisheries resource of the Skeena River and its estuary would be immense." Department of Fisheries & Oceans, 1973
What are we doing to protect this critical habitat?
Focus on the Skeena Estuary - SkeenaWild at Work
In partnership with Simon Fraser University, Lax Kw' allams, and Lake Babine Nation, SkeenaWild is linking estuary habitats with inland salmon populations to connect juvenile salmon to their origin and the fisheries that rely on them. This work is just getting underway and we will keep you informed of the results.
Stay tuned. Next month we will be launching a NEW multimedia piece that focuses on Skeena Salmon and the estuary. The video will utilize infographic animation to illustrate the proposed projects and known salmon habitat, as well as, feature interviews with salmon experts. We want people to understand the big picture so we can all make more informed decisions together.
We are also doing presentations and working with a diversity of partners to raise the profile of the issue.
To learn more about current LNG proposals, get up to date news stories, better understand the impacts and join the LNG conversation, visit the BC LNG Info Web Site.
What Can You Do? Stay informed, provide your feedback and get involved. As part of the public comment process, the BC Environmental Assessment Office is holding a series of open houses throughout communities of the Northwest for the proposed Prince Rupert Gas Transmission Project. Be sure to attend and express your concern.
Click here for more information on the Petronas Pacifc Northwest LNG project.