Habitat Enhancement Program

The Habitat Enhancement Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiative focused on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. The program consists of projects around the Lower Mainland, through which the port authority ensures the viability and sustainability of new and enhanced habitat. The program is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and future development projects that may be required for port operations.

The Habitat Enhancement Program is a Vancouver Fraser Port Authority initiative focused on creating, restoring and enhancing fish and wildlife habitat. The program consists of projects around the Lower Mainland, through which the port authority ensures the viability and sustainability of new and enhanced habitat. The program is a proactive measure intended to provide a balance between a healthy environment and future development projects that may be required for port operations.

  • Proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project

    6 months ago
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    Public Consultation Underway

    March 20 – April 7, 2017

    The project team will be consulting with the public from March 20 – April 7, 2017, as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Please read below for consultation details.


    About the Project

    The proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project consists of two sites located south of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal near Delta, British Columbia. The subtidal sites are bordered to the north by a recreational boating channel and are surrounded by eelgrass meadows to the south and east. The sites currently consist of subtidal depressions which were... Continue reading


    Public Consultation Underway

    March 20 – April 7, 2017

    The project team will be consulting with the public from March 20 – April 7, 2017, as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. Please read below for consultation details.


    About the Project

    The proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project consists of two sites located south of the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal near Delta, British Columbia. The subtidal sites are bordered to the north by a recreational boating channel and are surrounded by eelgrass meadows to the south and east. The sites currently consist of subtidal depressions which were likely created as a result of maintenance activities in the adjacent recreational boating channel. These depressions are too deep to be naturally colonized by eelgrass.

    The proposed project would result in the conversion of lower-value subtidal areas into higher value eelgrass habitat. The total area of habitat enhancement is approximately 4 hectares. Creation of these eelgrass beds would be accomplished by constructing rock containment berms followed by the placement of suitable substrate material and transplanting of eelgrass.

    The proposed sites were selected for eelgrass restoration because of their current relatively low habitat values. Consistent with the broader understanding of eelgrass habitats in the Pacific Northwest, local studies suggest that fish communities within eelgrass habitats are more diverse and abundant than fish communities within areas devoid of eelgrass. Eelgrass provides important habitat for fish and wildlife including juvenile salmon, Pacific herring, Dungeness crab, migrating Brant geese, bivalves, shrimp, and sea stars.

    In addition to providing refuge and nurseries for juvenile fish and invertebrates, eelgrass beds also support a number of other critical ecological functions including nutrient cycling, protection of shorelines from storms, export of organic matter, and carbon storage. The rock containment berms proposed for construction of the eelgrass beds also provide attachment sites for various kelp species, which would contribute to an increase in the diversity of fish and wildlife at the project sites.

    For more information about the proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project please visit www.portvancouver.com/tep.


    Consultation and Engagement

    Public Consultation

    March 20 – April 7, 2017

    We want to hear from you.

    The project team will be consulting with the public from March 20 – April 7, 2017, as part of the Vancouver Fraser Port Authority’s Project and Environmental Review process. You’re invited to learn more about and provide feedback on the project’s proposed mitigation measures and notification of project updates.

    You can learn more and provide your feedback by:

    Reading the discussion guide and completing a feedback form:

    In hard-copy, or online

    Reading the full Project Permit Application online

    Providing a written submission:

    Vancouver Fraser Port Authority
    Habitat Enhancement Program
    Attn: Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project
    100 The Pointe, 999 Canada Place, Vancouver BC, V6C 3T4

    • Calling: 604.665.9071

    Attending the open house:

    Drop-in to learn more and provide your feedback, no RSVP required.

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017, 6:00-9:00 p.m. | Port of Vancouver Delta Community Office – Trenant Park Shopping Centre – 5225A Ladner Trunk Road, Delta


    How your input will be used:

    The project team will consider feedback from this consultation period to refine proposed mitigation measures and notification of project updates. The project is subject to review and approval under the port authority’s Project and Environmental Review process and input provided will be considered as part of this process.

    If you would like to receive regular updates about the proposed Tsawwassen Eelgrass Project, please email us at habitat.enhancement@portvancouver.com or subscribe to the Habitat Enhancement Program mailing list.