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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.

Executive Summary: Toward a Vision for Salmon Habitat in the Lower Fraser River

Protecting killer whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

Raincoast uses science, public education and the courts to protect Canada’s endangered salmon-eating killer whales. But their survival requires your voice and action….

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Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

A wolf walks out on the wet flats on the west coast of BC.

Working with our First Nations partners, our goal is to acquire all remaining commercial hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. You can help us stop the killing…

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores →

Oil-Free Coast

view of the calm ocean and sunrise at Hakai rocks

Raincoast’s court case argues that federal approval of TransMountain’s oil tankers violates Canada’s Species at Risk Act and pushes Southern Resident killer whales closer to extinction.

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Fraser River Estuary Project

A Raincoaster dips a science looking thingy into the Lower Fraser River to test for something. Because science.

To understand, mitigate, and reduce habitat impacts from industrial proposals, Raincoast and its partners seek a better understanding of estuary use by different species of wild juvenile salmon.

Fraser River Estuary Project →

Flagship Projects

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Through directed conservation efforts on umbrella and foundation species, Raincoast strives to protect all species and ecosystem processes existing on BC’s coast.

Flagship Projects →

Latest News

Terminal 2 at the end of a long causeway, with Vancouver Island in the distance.

Terminal 2 expansion threatens the Fraser estuary

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal at Roberts Bank, putting further stress on an estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its natural habitat.

Salish Sea Emerging Stewards stand together on a gulf island.

Raincoast’s education program goes live and interactive

Spring marks the anticipated shift in seasons; as the days get longer, new shoots emerge and bird songs become a welcome daily tune. Typically, it also represents an exciting time for Raincoast Conservation Foundation with the start of our busy field season, as Raincoast scientists work throughout the iconic regions of British Columbia’s coast. The […]

Three Raincoast fieldworkers stand on the beach around their boat on a sunny day with mountains in the background, on Heiltsuk territory.

No notes from the field

With COVID-19 and physical isolation happening, some of our research operations have been interrupted…

A map of disease vectors is overlayed on a photo of a Norwegian Fjord, with a headline at the bottom: Hypermobile human predators.

On the risk of pathogens carried by hypermobile human predators

In a recent commentary published in Nature Human Behaviour, “Hypermobile human predators,” Raincoast scientists Chris Darimont and Heather Bryan raise questions regarding potential differences between human hunters and other predators with respect to the potential for disease transmission in prey populations and point out a need for further research…

Takaya/Staqeya stands on Discovery Island.

It’s time to take action for wolves in British Columbia

BC’s wolves are killed through a variety of means, most of which are gratuitous, inhumane and unethical. These include legal hunting and trapping, as well as government sanctioned culling, the latter using such techniques as aerial gunning and neck snares…

Two photos of Staqeya the lone wolf on Discovery Island.

Takaya, the lone wolf of Discovery Island, killed by trophy hunter

The senseless trophy killing of Staqeya (Takaya), the iconic ‘lone wolf’ made famous by his stay on Discovery Island, once again brings to the fore the full-spectrum persecution of Canis lupus in BC…

A bear leans over to look closely at a camera on a tripod.

Launching Raincoast’s photography ethics

At Raincoast we are committed to only using images and video that are ethically obtained. We have now published our Photography Ethics Policy to guide both our acquisition and use of photography, whether for use on our website, social media platforms, printed materials or other uses. We will only use images from others that we […]