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Our 2012 paper (above) uses grizzlies to assess harvest impacts of sockeye fisheries. It’s an example of how to consider ecosystem objectives in salmon management.

Raincoast is a team of scientists and conservationists that undertakes primary research to inform our conservation objectives.  We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government scientists and other NGOs to gather information and build support for decisions that protect marine and terrestrial ecosystems, their components and processes.

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among NGOs.  We conduct applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for the conservation debate and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

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Recent Posts

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Indigenous knowledge & science unite to reveal distributional shift in wildlife …

Study by Raincoast and partners discusses the movement of grizzlies from BC’s mainland onto coastal islands in the journal PLOS ONE…

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Population genetic structure of gray wolves in a marine archipelago…

Researchers find differences between BC’s coastal and mainland wolves. Published in BMC Ecology

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Grizzly bears have colonized unprotected islands in the Great Bear Rainforest: Media Release

A collaboration of wildlife scientists from Raincoast and UVic have published a study in the international peer-reviewed journal, PLOS ONE…

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Time-delayed subsidies: Interspecies population effects in salmon

New study from SFU and Raincoast shows the benefits from higher numbers of spawning pink and chum salmon on coho…


Coastal wolves a whole different animal, study finds

Sarah Petrescu / Times Colonist
A study by Raincoast researchers affirms genetic, ecological and behavioural differences between coastal and mainland wolves living in close proximity to each other…

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Spawning pink and chum salmon provide benefits to coho

Research from SFU and Raincoast scientists shows juvenile coho salmon benefit from dining on the carcasses of spawning pink and chum salmon.

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When Science-Based Management Isn’t

Raincoast & SFU scientists just published a letter in the international journal SCIENCE. It calls out the BC gov’t for making politically motivated decisions and calling them ‘scientific’…

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Confronting uncertainty in wildlife management: performance of grizzly bear management

Raincoast scientists and partners reveal that the excess mortality in the BC grizzly hunt (ie killing more bears than is sustainable) may have occurred in up to 70% of cases examined.

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Grizzly bear hunt not founded in science say Raincoast scientists

“Confronting Uncertainty in Grizzly Bear Management” is a paper published by Raincoast scientists and our partners that challenges the BC government’s claim of sound scientific management over its grizzly hunt.