An Ecosystem for Fish, Wildlife and Humans The marine riparian and intertidal zones of Burrard Inlet are integral to fish and wildlife at various life stages, and to the bustling activities of Canada’s largest Port. High biodiversity persists amongst shipping and a built-up urban environment due to the presence and maintenance of important shoreline habitat. The Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program (BIEAP) was established to coordinate and support sound environmental management among key stakeholders of Burrard Inlet. The Burrard Inlet Habitat Inventory identifies and maps intertidal and riparian habitat features in this ecologically significant zone providing a fundamental information layer for spatial and strategic planning. Photograph: Sarah Lamagna Harbour seals are often seen in Burrard Inlet basking in the sun on the log booms. Theirhabitatisourhabitat. The Burrard Inlet ecosystem is home to an abundance of fish, wildlife and human activity. Burrard Inlet Burrard inlet is a tidal salt-water body occupying 11,300 hectares in the heart of the Metro Vancouver Region. It comprises 190 kilometers of marine foreshore and a drainage basin of 98,000 ha. Fed by mountain streams and strong tidal currents, Burrard Inlet hosts numerous fish species including cutthroat trout, lingcod and English sole whilst providing essential nursery habitat for juvenile Pacific salmon. Along the shorelines, numerous species of resident waterfowl feed and roost amidst busy Port activities and tranquil park areas. Burrard Inlet is internationally recognized as an Important Bird Area (IBA) attracting tens of thousands of migratory birds along the Pacific Flyway each year. Purple Ochre Sea Stars are predators which actually encourage biodiversity in the rocky marine intertidal zone. By feeding on dominant species such as mussels and barnacles, they free up space for other species to flourish. In turn these creatures provide a food source to other marine and bird life. BIEAP The Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program (BIEAP) is an intergovernmental partnership that coordinates the environmental management of Burrard Inlet. BIEAP partners include: Environment Canada, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Transport Canada, BC Ministry of Environment, Metro Vancouver and Port Metro Vancouver. Barrow’s Goldeneyes are migratory sea ducks that feed on aquatic insects, crustaceans and pond vegetation. In winter, they are regularly recorded in globally significant numbers in Burrard Inlet. The majority of the world’s Barrow’s Goldeneye population nests in British Columbia. BIEAP focuses the resources of all partners on a management framework that coordinates activities intended to protect and improve the environmental quality of present-day Burrard Inlet, within the context of sustainability. Photograph: Robyn Worcester For further information or to request the complete Habitat Inventory dataset, please contact the BIEAP office: firstname.lastname@example.org 604.775.5756 www.bieapfremp.org Although fairly common in the Lower Mainland, the Pacific Great Blue Heron is considered a species “at risk” in BC and is of “special concern” federally. Since 2001, a large nesting colony has been established in Stanley Park. This iconic bird is a symbol of wetland conservation and coastal ecosystem health.