Major partnership to maintain, enhance Canada's wetland habitat

April 5, 2013
Wetlands Ducks Unlimited Canada and Marine Harvest Canada have partnered to protect important Canadian habitat.

CAMPBELL RIVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA, April 4, 2013 --Waterfowl and fish have more in common than you might think, and that's why Wetlands Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) and Marine Harvest Canada (MHC) have signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to protect important habitat. The partnership allows for information, education and equipment sharing, cooperative investigation and consultation, and technical assistance to increase the capacity for restoration of wetlands in and around the Georgia Basin.

"This partnership takes full advantage of our shared expertise and concern for wetland habitat," says Les Bogdan, director of regional operations for DUC BC and boreal. "It's a great opportunity to have fish and wildlife work together. Areas that are important to waterfowl are important to fish too, so these joint projects will be able to have an even greater benefit to the environment."

The MOU spans five years and will include partnerships on things like choosing conservation projects that are beneficial to the goals of both organizations, sharing staff resources for tasks like bird counting and identification, and also MHC's involvement in some of DUC's fundraising dinners in the area.

"We are very pleased to partner with DUC and looked forward to many years of important collaboration," says Vincent Erenst, Managing Director at MHC. "Our business of growing salmon relies on maintaining a healthy coastal environment, and that objective aligns well with the values at DUC."

About Marine Harvest Canada

MHC is BC's leading salmon aquaculture company with 500 staff raising and processing sustainable salmon certified to the Global Aquaculture Alliance Best Aquaculture Practices. MHC Canada produces one-half of British Columbia's largest agricultural export - farm-raised salmon.

About Ducks Unlimited Canada

DUC is the leader in wetland conservation. A registered charity, DUC partners with government, industry, non-profit organizations and landowners to conserve wetlands that are critical to waterfowl, wildlife and the environment. Learn more at