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What Swims Beneath

Port Moody, at the end of Burrard Inlet, is a place rich in natural assets. From lush coastal mountains to a beautiful and productive marine waterfront, Port Moody residents have a lot to be proud of!

Port Moody Arm, including Tidal Park and the adjacent upland park area plays a regional role in maintaining the ecological health of Burrard Inlet. Historical records show that the Arm once hosted a variety of interesting fish species, waterfowl and has been a rearing habitat for young salmon. However, today, no one knows for certain what lives under the water of the Arm.

That’s where the “What Swims Beneath” program comes in. Volunteers and researchers have taken stock of all the marine life that lives in the Inlet.

What Swims Beneath is a partnership between Burke Mountain Naturalists, Burrard Inlet Environmental Action Program, Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, the City of Port Moody, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Pacific Wildlife Foundation, Port Metro Vancouver, Port Moody Ecological Society, and the Vancouver Aquarium.

Volunteers and researchers from these groups are working together to determine what swims beneath the waters of the Port Moody Arm thanks to funding from Environment Canada’s Environmental Damages Fund. Field sampling has uncovered some well known and elusive species of fish and invertebrates exciting the project partners. Read the final report and see what we found!

Looking for tips on how to protect the Burrard Inlet? Whether you're at homein a park or on the job, use our tips and protect this natural resource.




  staghorn sculpin

A Staghorn Sculpin is just one of the fish living in the Burrard Inlet.  

Additional resources - green

Learn more about the Burrard Inlet here

  • What Swims Beneath project brochure
  • BIEAP stormwater pollution prevention pilot project final report  
  • Biological Survey of Port Moody Arm, 1969 
  • Burrard Inlet Ecological Study, 1972 
  • Canadian Water Quality Guidelines for Aquatic Life  
  • Changes in benthic communities in Vancouver Harbour 
  • Salmonid Migration in Tributaries of Port Moody Arm 


  • Last updated: 19/02/2014 10:40:54 AM