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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.

Save the Great Bears

A black bear stands with her Spirit bear cub

Working with our Coastal 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…

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Protecting killer whales

Killer whales in a tight formation on the BC coast.

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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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 salt marsh at the mouth of the Fraser River is used by juvenile salmon, other fish species, and thousands of resident and migratory birds. Photo: M. MacDuffee

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

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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.

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Latest News

Tracking Raincoast into 2018: A bright red salmon sits rests on the bottom of a stream filled with fish.

Tracking Raincoast into 2018

It’s always exciting to release Tracking Raincoast and this year’s edition comes with a great collection of good news. We have raised close to $150,000 of our $500,000 target for the Nadeea commercial trophy hunting tenure! The Nadeea hunting tenure is the next step in saving the Great Bears…

A Sitka Spruce shows how much money we've already raised: $150,000.

On our way to securing the Nadeea tenure

We launched the campaign to raise $500,000 to purchase the Nadeea commercial hunting tenure the end of November. Now on behalf of Raincoast and our Coastal First Nations partners, I’m happy to report significant progress…

Three bears, a mother and cubs, stand in the grass and water, with some words overtop: "Policy cannot be dictated by science alone..."

Trophy hunting: Science on its own can’t dictate policy

Science can predict outcomes of policy options, but how society ought to act is ultimately decided by values. The hunting ban aligns with most of society’s moral compass: trophy hunting of inedible animals is no longer acceptable…

A collection of portraits of professional people.

Thank you to the Community Fund and the provincial employees who thought of us

The Provincial Employee Community Services Fund (PECSF) is a volunteer driven organization working with BC Public Service employees. It’s pronounced pek-sef. It’s an employee-driven, giving program. They make it easy for provincial employees to make tax deductible donations to registered charities, including Raincoast…

Holding up our Green Business of the Year Award notice, with Saanich fields in the background.

Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce Green Business Award

This fall, Raincoast was recognized with the Green Business of the Year Award. We’re honoured to accept this award and look forward to more years of being a good neighbour and committed team of scientists and conservationists…


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