Help Defend the Heart of the Fraser

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Are you familiar with the area known as the Heart of the Fraser? The Heart of the Fraser, the stretch of the Fraser between Mission and Hope, is critical to the survival of Fraser River salmon stocks. Its gravel reaches are prime spawning habitat for salmon and the endangered white sturgeon,as well as a nursery for billions of baby salmon every year. This important ecological area needs our help.

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Two islands in the Heart of the Fraser are under threat of development. 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 have applied to build bridges to these islands which, if approved, would lead to destruction of critical  fish habitat for agriculture or subdivisions. This could also increase flood risk in the surrounding communities.

Tell decision-makers not to approve these proposed  bridges!

Clearcutting has already begun on the two islands, and in some cases, there is no riparian vegetation left to stabilize the river banks. Unless governments take immediate action, this important ecosystem will be destroyed.

Some concerned conservation groups are working on buying these islands for conservation purposes and are urging the provincial government to develop a comprehensive management plan for the Heart of the Fraser.

We are encouraging British Columbians who care about salmon to add their names to a call to protect this important area. Will you stand with us to defend the Heart of the Fraser? Add your voice at

6 Responses to Help Defend the Heart of the Fraser

  1. Kristen Adamson says:

    protect this important area

  2. Eddie Gardner says:

    The Heart of the Fraser is a place where wild salmon and white sturgeon thrive to the great benefit of ecotourism, Indigenous people, and recreation. This sensitive ecosystem needs to be preserved if future generations are to benefit. Yes, we need to stop “developing” Herrling and Carey Islands by building bridges to these places. It will only mean continued destruction of the habitat of wild salmon, white sturgeon and other species. This is preventable, we only need the poltitical will to do so. Please send you message to help prevent harm to wild fish and their habitat.

  3. Jim Steele says:

    I am amazed that, in this day and age, this type of development is even contemplated, considering the erosion and sedimentation potential. Not sure where your provincial regulators are in this, other info states this type of activity is unregulated!

    Keep fighting the good fight, with luck DFO can provide some much needed regulatory support and guidance.

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