HCTF’s Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program (BIRPP) was recently featured in a blog post by Sebastian Merz of the Georgia Strait Alliance about salmon & shipyards as neighbours. The article recounts the author’s visit to MacKay Creek, a pocket estuary on Burrard Inlet that was restored with funding from the BIRPP program. Last September, a large concrete weir was removed from the site, allowing fish to access the upper estuary and creek during low tide. Less than two months later, chum salmon were spotted making their way up the creek to spawn.
“It’s encouraging to see two good news stories unfold in such close proximity,” says Merz, “The major shipbuilding work on the one hand that will bring jobs and economic opportunities to the community, and the return of the salmon on the other, literally a few meters away.”
In the next few weeks, HCTF will be announcing the final round of grant recipients under the Burrard Inlet Restoration Pilot Program – check back here for details, or subscribe to our blog to receive updates as they are posted.