Seaspan is making a $25,000 contribution to the Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Community Salmon Program, which will be allocated toward a multi-phase project in Lower Mosquito Creek, spearheaded by the North Shore Streamkeepers.
Restoration efforts will focus on developing estuary habitat in a part of the creek bordered by Mosquito Creek Marina and the Squamish Nation’s marina and float home community. The area is subject to tidal flooding which is a good thing for salmon. Surging saltwater can bring nutrients and small creatures that salmon eat from the marine environment.
“The North Shore salmon community has been a strong partner in conservation for a long time. One of the first Foundation grants we made 30 years ago went to the Seymour River Salmonid Society. Since then, we’ve provided more than $1 million in grants to the North Shore. But, the better story is that those projects were actually valued at over $11 million with local individuals and businesses such as Seaspan making up the difference,” said Michael Meneer, President and CEO of the Pacific Salmon Foundation.
“We believe that being a good corporate neighbour on the North Shore includes investing in our marine environments. Partnering with Pacific Salmon Foundation and the North Shore Streamkeepers means we can contribute directly to the protection and restoration of one of the world’s most environmentally sensitive marine ecosystems.” said Peter Lister, Vice President Commercial for Seaspan Marine.