Conservation project improves Fraser River fish and intertidal habitat

    DELTA, BC, Feb. 4 /CNW/ - Ducks Unlimited Canada (Ducks) and Port Metro
Vancouver (PMV) are pleased to announce completion of an intertidal
enhancement project increasing fish habitat at Rose-Kirkland Island, located
in the South Arm of the Fraser River. PMV contributed $1.5 million as part of
a multi-year plan to offset loss of wildlife habitat from the development of
the Deltaport Third Berth Project (DP3).
    "Through this innovative partnership, the Rose-Kirkland Island project
has created ecologically significant habitat that benefits the Lower Fraser
River ecosystem," said Captain Gordon Houston, president and CEO of Port Metro
Vancouver. "This project is the off-site component of the DP3 habitat
compensation program which also includes numerous on-site mitigation projects
that will benefit the Roberts Bank ecosystem."
    "Ducks Unlimited Canada thanks PMV for contributing to the enhancement of
fish and wildlife habitat at Rose-Kirkland," commented Les Bogdan, manager of
provincial operations in B.C. for Ducks Unlimited Canada. "Using $900,000 of
the contribution, we were able to breach the dikes along the Fraser River to
change the existing freshwater wetland to a more natural tidal environment.
The remaining funding from PMV will be directed towards wildlife habitat
improvements at other off-site locations."
    In the fall and winter months, the islands of the South Arm Marsh
Wildlife Management Area provide valuable sources of food and migratory
habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. Prior to construction of the
intertidal environment, there were few fish present within the freshwater
pools. The development of the new intertidal channel provides passage for
salmon and other species of fish and will help reduce the amount of purple
loosestrife, an invasive plant species, which was growing in the wetland.
    Ducks' also raised the elevation of a kilometre of dike to mitigate
flooding of the fields on the island; excavated the pool area to facilitate
tidal flushing and upgraded 250 metres of rock along the foreshore to protect
against erosion due to waves caused by Fraser River boat traffic.
    Rose-Kirkland Island falls within the Agricultural Land Reserve and is
part of the South Arm Marshes Wildlife Management Area. The sources of food
and habitat provided by these islands and others located at the mouth of the
Fraser River help to reduce the impact of waterfowl grazing on nearby
agriculture lands in Delta and Richmond.

    Ducks Unlimited Canada conserves, restores and manages wetlands and
associated habitats for North America's waterfowl. These habitats also benefit
other wildlife and people. DUC has been committed to wetland conservation for
more than 70 years.

    Port Metro Vancouver is Canada's largest and most diversified port,
trading more than $53 billion in goods with more than 100 trading economies
annually. Port activities generate 69,000 jobs across Canada with $4 billion
in Gross Domestic Product and $8.9 billion in economic output.

For further information:

For further information: Wendy Fister, Marketing & Communications
Specialist, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Phone: (604) 312-4632, E-mail:; Anne McMullin, Director, Corporate Communications and
Public Affairs, Port Metro Vancouver, Phone: (604) 665-9069, Email:

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