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Published Scientific Papers

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.

Our papers have been streamed into the popular topics but check our complete publication list for all studies.

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Recent Posts


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

Today, a collaboration of wildlife scientists from Raincoast and UVic 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…

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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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Grizzly bear hunt not founded in science say Raincoast scientists

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

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Stress in grizzly bears linked with salmon shortages

Salmon declines could have long-term effects on grizzly bear health, conclude scientists from Raincoast in a study published today in the scientific journal PLOS ONE…

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Bears, salmon and forests: new research on old connections

Raincoast and UVic scientists finds new reasons to support the importance of bears and salmon for tree growth in the ancient forests of Haida Gwaii…

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Investigate. Inform. Inspire. Overviews and links to scientific papers, technical and popular reports and Tracking Raincoast, our annual newsletter.

Scientific Papers

PLoS Biology Cover April 2012

As part of our Investigate mandate, Raincoast conducts primary research to inform our conservation objectives. We publish in top scientific journals.

Reports and books

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As part of our inform mandate Raincoast publishes popular and technical material in books and reports.

Tracking Raincoast

Cover Tracking Raincoast 2011

Tracking Raincoast is our annual report. Get highlights from the year, our science, flagship projects and campaigns, as well as a peak at what’s in store for the coming year.

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