A new study shows Flora Bank is home to at least 40 salmon populations that support 10 First Nations communities.
The study was commissioned by the Lax Kw’alaams First Nation.
It says Flora Bank is an even more important salmon habitat than previously thought.
In a briefing note released to the community, the study attempts to fill in knowledge gaps that previous studies have missed.
It found that Flora Bank isn’t a typical salmon habitat, as it supports twice the number of young salmon than other regions in the Skeena estuary.
More importantly, the eelgrass in Flora Bank supports up to 20 times more young salmon than other eelgrass regions.
The study concludes by saying the Pacific NorthWest LNG project ignores science, and poses significant and unacceptable risks to Skeena salmon and their fisheries.
A full report with more data will be released in mid-November.
The briefing note can be found here.