Fish & Wildlife​

Seabird Island’s leadership works tirelessly to protect Indigenous access to fisheries and natural habitats in our territory. Learn about our advocacy efforts and stewardship initiatives.

Thank you to everyone that attended Fish & Wildlife’s first annual Ripple Report event! Our team was overjoyed by the thoughtful discussion periods and feedback. We have summarized the most frequent feedback received during the event.
- Fish & Wildlife Team
Bob Chamberlain

| Acquaculture Reform

| Salmon Advocacy

Maria Slough Restoration Project
Ripple Report

| 2023 Status of the Slough

Community Survey

Coming Soon!

Protecting Indigenous Fishing Rights and Habitat at Seabird Island

At Seabird Island, fisheries and environmental stewardship is a top priority. Our elected Chief and Council members actively advocate for Indigenous fishing rights and habitat protection through:

  • Participating in high-level provincial and federal negotiations
  • Staying informed on fish populations and habitat status
  • Providing input on proposed development projects
  • Advocating for the rights of Indigenous people
  • Taking political action to defend lands and resources

Seabird’s Fisheries & Wildlife team collaborate with local experts, consultants, and Indigenous knowledge holders to study and conserve critical habitat in our territory. Examples include conducting salmon spawner surveys and restoring sections of Maria Slough to improve flow and access for fish.

The Fisheries & Wildlife team conducts technical reviews of proposed land and waterway developments to assess environmental impacts and propose appropriate offsetting measures. While liaising with government agencies and industry stakeholders, our Fisheries & Wildlife team ensure that Indigenous rights under Section 35 and UNDRIP are being upheld as they relate to the use and conservation of our land, territories, and natural resources.

Together, Seabird’s technical staff and leadership works to uphold Indigenous access to fisheries and maintain the health of our lands and waters for future generations.

Learn more about Seabird Island’s efforts to advocate for sustainable fisheries and stewardship of natural habitats in our annual reports. We take great pride in protecting our territorial lands and waters.

New Fishing Openings

License Number: XFSC 86 2024 – Amendment 2

File Number: LFA-24-CL204/Lower Fraser First Nations

License Number: XFSC 87 2024 – Amendment 2

File Number: LFA-24-CL205/Lower Fraser First Nations

Past Fishing Openings

Maria Slough Restoration Project

The Maria Slough near Seabird Island provides important spawning grounds for a unique, endangered population of Chinook salmon. However, habitat degradation threatens this sensitive species.

Key habitat concerns:
  • Low water levels and flow
  • Declining water quality
  • Development impacts
  • Vegetation/grass growth
  • Lack of connectivity between water channels
To aid recovery, restoration efforts will focus on:
  • Selectively cutting channels between ponded areas
  • Excavating deep gravel pits for spawning and cold water refuge
  • Improving year-round hydraulic flow and connectivity
  • Adding woody debris for improved salmonid rearing habitat

The goal is revitalizing accessible, clean, cold water flows to support all salmon life stages. Work will begin April 2023 through winter 2023. Outcomes will include increased salmon productivity in this vital spawning area.

Protecting fragile species like Maria Slough Chinook is crucial. Seabird Island is proud to lead stewardship initiatives that sustain ecosystems and Indigenous culture.

What We Heard at the Ripple Report: 2023 Status of the Slough Event

  1. Attendees were interested in hearing about our monitoring program, including spawner surveys and water quality monitoring. Future monitoring and restoration plans were identified as an area of interest for community members.
  2. Community members support multi-year collection of data and are looking forward to hearing about how the dissolved oxygen levels, spawning periods and locations, and water depth compare.
  3. A strong emphasis was made on the importance of Salmon and Sturgeon for Seabird Island and how we should be prioritizing the protection and restoration of their habitats.
  4. Participants were interested in learning more about:
    – Non-salmonid species at Seabird Island.
    – Impact of invasive species at Seabird Island.
    – Long-term monitoring and restoration plans, and how to reach food security.
    – How agricultural run-off are impacting the health of Maria Slough.
    – How restoration projects focused on enhancing Salmon habitat affect other species.

Our team is working to address the questions and feedback we received at the event. If you have any questions or comments, please reach out to: FishandWildlife@seabirdisland.ca

Bob Chamberlin, chairman of the First Nation Wild Salmon Alliance, is urging the Government of Canada and Province of British Columbia to follow through on their commitment to transition away from Open-Net Pen aquaculture off the coast of BC.

Seeking More Information?

For more information on Seabird Island’s fisheries management and environmental stewardship, please contact:

Mia Stratton
Biologist – Fisheries Advocate & Habitat Lead

Phone: (604)796-8051

Email: FishandWildlife@seabirdisland.ca

Seabird Island actively advocates for sustainable fisheries and habitats in our territory. We welcome your questions and input on these important efforts. Reach out to discuss fisheries, restoration projects, volunteering, and more.

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