Raincoast Conservation Foundation

We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts. We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.

Saving endangered whales: Strategies from above and below the 49th parallel

On May 10, the Canadian federal government announced its first wide-ranging measures to reduce the primary threats compromising survival of the salmon-eating Southern Resident killer whales reliant on the transboundary waters of the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia. Although federally …

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Approval of Trans Mountain expansion puts Fraser River salmon and Salish Sea estuaries at risk

The Fraser River in British Columbia remains one of the world’s most productive salmon rivers. Equally significant is the Fraser River’s estuary, which serves as vital habitat for fish, bird, and mammal species that are linked across thousands of kilometers …

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Misty MacDuffee on CFAX 1070 talking about the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

The day after the federal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline yet again, Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program Director, Misty MacDuffee spoke with Mark Brennae on CFAX1070 to talk pipelines, whales, and how humans are implicated in the disappearance of species. …

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The Fraser River estuary is fragmented by structures that alter the flow of water

Just weeks after construction on the Steveston Jetty, dozens of young chinook and chum salmon were funnelled into our research nets in the Fraser estuary. It’s unusual to have such immediate results on a restoration project, and we were delighted. …

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Great news: juvenile salmon moving through habitats reconnected after 100 years

Success! Since the removal of sections of the Steveston jetty in February, we have been sampling our new jetty ‘breaches’ and have consistently caught juvenile salmon moving through them! This is a huge success and was realized just weeks after …

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Backgrounder: Trans Mountain approval wrong choice for endangered killer whales and climate

The federal government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline project is the wrong choice for endangered killer whales and for the climate emergency. Timeline Ecojustice, Living Oceans Society, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Trans Mountain pipeline project: January 2016 …

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Killer Creamery Partners with Raincoast to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whales

For Immediate Release June 5, 2019 Healthy Ice Cream Turns Heroic On National Orca Day Killer Creamery Partners with Raincoast to Protect Killer Whales BOISE, IDAHO – Killer Creamery celebrates National Orca Day by launching black keto ice cream. The …

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Media release: Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step: conservation groups VANCOUVER, May 10, 2019 —A coalition of six conservation groups commend the federal government’s new measures to support Southern Resident killer whale recovery. The measures …

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Research: Publication reform to safeguard wildlife from researcher harm

Scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, University of Victoria, Alpha Wildlife Research & Management, and University of Saskatchewan reviewed more than 200 peer-reviewed academic journals that commonly publish wildlife research, evaluating the presence and comprehensiveness of ‘Animal Care’ requirements of authors. …

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Oceans Awards win – Raincoast’s Dr. Chris Darimont honoured with Murray A. Newman Conservation Award

Earlier this week, Raincoast’s Dr. Chris Darimont was honoured with the Murray A. Newman Conservation award at the Ocean Awards. The award was presented by Dr. Peter Ross, Vice-president of Research at Ocean Wise®. Darimont was recognized for the significance …

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Creating transformative experiences for students on the Salish Sea

Passengers of all ages aboard Achiever have experienced awe, belonging, and even transcendence while communing with nature. People are transported beyond their everyday life and often report having a sense of deep harmony with something bigger. These experiences are transformative …

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NEB recommends Trans Mountain proceed despite “significant adverse effects” to Southern Residents

The National Energy Board (NEB) has recommended that the Trans Mountain expansion project should proceed despite the “significant adverse effects” of oil tankers on the critically endangered population of Southern Resident killer whales. Although we disagree with the NEB’s conclusion, …

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