How can salmon populations and industrial development co-exist in a sustainable way?
British Columbia’s Fraser River Estuary (FRE) is the mouth of the largest salmon-bearing river in the world and borders on operational areas of a variety of marine industries, including Port of Vancouver facilities. With future development planned for this area, Dr. Baum, her co-pi, Dr. Tara Martin, and the rest of their team will study the threats of pollution, loss of habitat, exploitation of fish stocks and climate change in an effort to ensure the long-term resilience of the FRE so salmon and industrial development can coexist in a sustainable way.
The team will use a novel, internationally developed approach that has been effective in advancing conservation abroad. This project represents the first application of these state- of-the-art decision analysis techniques in Canada.