Protect the Fraser estuary from the Terminal 2 expansion
The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal in the heart of the Fraser estuary, putting further stress on an estuary that has lost more than 70% of its floodplain habitat, other habitat components and functions. The existing terminal, Deltaport, is already a significant footprint in the estuary. A four-kilometre causeway that severs the estuary connects to a 210-acre shipping terminal and then to the largest coal terminal in North America.
The Fraser Estuary is of global importance
As a nursery and feeding ground, the estuary connects a foodweb linking fish, birds and marine mammals across thousands of kilometres of the North Pacific Ocean. It is the rearing grounds for Canada’s largest runs of Pacific salmon. For birds, the estuary is globally significant and serves as a crucial stopover on migration routes stretching from South America to the high Arctic. Raincoast is currently working to restore habitat in the Fraser estuary.
Terminal expansion: significant adverse effects
In March 2020, the Canadian Impact Assessment Agency concluded that the Terminal 2 expansion project will have:
- Significant adverse and cumulative effects on threatened Chinook salmon populations, from the Lower Fraser and South Thompson watershed and,
- Significant adverse and cumulative effects on the endangered Southern Resident killer whales through the destruction of legally protected critical habitat, reduced prey availability and an increase in underwater noise.
Raincoast scientists submitted substantial evidence to the assessment panel.
Take Action Now
It’s now up to the Federal government to make a decision. Please ask Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson, to reject the Terminal 2 expansion proposal and invest in protecting and restoring the Fraser River estuary.