Canada is a vastly natural region with many mountains and rivers predominating the terrain. Due to these features scattered all over the Canadian map, the area is a hive of wildlife activity with a variety of species finding their homes in the habitats that Canada has to offer. The deltas often contain water that carries sediments which are fed on by fish and birds alike. The area around Boundary Bay presents the Fraser River delta that is often the stopover for shorebirds on their path of migration. Flooding of the river banks has been an occurrence too regularly experienced and it has in some ways shaped the region.
Exploitation Of The River
The gold rush of 1858, brought crowds to the Fraser River area, including Fraser Canyon, everyone looking for their piece of the riches held within the river sands. Human activity is a tremendous point of exploitation of the area. The lower levels of the Fraser River hold farmlands that are rich and fertile. The water itself is used in a variety of ways by the human population that resides there. Pulp mills and hydroelectric power stations are the main users, however, the entire population in the area benefits. The main flow of the Fraser River has never been completely dammed due to a number of environmental concerns.
Fishing In The Area
Fishing predominates in the area, especially in the lower mainland regions. White Sturgeon, Steelhead Trout and a number of Pacific Salmon breeds, namely the Chinook, Coho, Chum, Pink and Sockeye, are all regularly fished in the area. In 2012 a record breaking White Sturgeon is reported to have been caught and released. The fish weighed in at 500 kg and measured an astonishing 3.76 m. While catching Sturgeon of close to this size is a regular occurrence in Fraser River, it isn’t the norm through the rest of the world. Fishing for livelihood and recreation are both keenly undertaken.