Dr. John Matsen, of the Squamish Streamkeepers, has been instrumental in this initiative to bring back the herring.
Herring were spawning on the creosote-coated pilings in the Squamish Estuary, but the eggs were dying. Creosote is toxic to the herring eggs.
The group has discovered, by much experimentation that wrapping the pilings in a more egg-friendly material, like plastic, has created a resurgence of herring.
Their next project is to wrap approximately 20 new pilings in False Creek at Fisherman’s Wharf at Granville Island.
For more information on the herring projects of the Squamish Streamkeepers Society, check their website here: