Wild Salmon of the Fraser River and Salish Sea: The risk from oil spills

Submitted by: Raincoast Conservation Foundation

The evidence:

This submission examines potential consequences to Fraser River salmon populations from a pipeline or tanker spill in the area – one of the world’s most productive salmon watersheds and the most economically important in Canada. The area is used by 42 fish species and is a bottleneck for all Fraser River salmon populations, which pass twice during their lifetime. There is no time of year when spill impacts would be low. A spill during a peak migration of unique Conservation Units or at risk species could be devastating.