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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.

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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Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

A wolf hunkers down and watches outwardly in a rock outcropping and their colour is remarkably similar.

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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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.

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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

Angela Gnyp: A wilderness artist down under

When I first found out about Raincoast’s goal to buy up the commercial hunting territories in 2013, it was something I couldn’t ignore. So, on discovering the opportunity to fundraise for the Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign earlier this year, I knew I had to sign up…

A screenshot of the interactive map and living atlas of the Lower Fraser River.

Creating a living atlas for salmon and salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser

Much of this data currently contained within the atlas comes from provincially available data online, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the local stewardship organizations that we have met with. We hope that the map can be used to support decision making, management and…

A youth participant of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewardship program has a solo sit at Monarch head for reflection and mindfulness.

Inspiring the next generation of Salish Sea stewards

In 2016, Raincoast launched the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program, taking youth on a journey through marine and terrestrial environments. The impacts and importance of this program for youth is quickly gaining…

Dave Scott holds a small salmon fry in a measuring device on the Lower Fraser.

New report: Wild Salmon, Pipelines, and the Trans Mountain Expansion

Last week, we released a report that highlights the risks posed to wild salmon in the Lower Fraser River from a Trans Mountain pipeline or tanker spill. The report details the year-round presence of different salmon species, the river’s unique features, the nature of diluted bitumen, and the failures of Trans Mountain’s environmental assessment, as […]

A bear stands ready: poster for a Safeguard Coastal Carnivores event in Vancouver

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores with Patagonia Vancouver, August 9

The Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Coastal First Nations are working together to help end the trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. We have already acquired the trophy hunting rights in approximately 30,000 square kilometres of BC’s Great Bear Rainforest, permanently ending commercial trophy hunting of grizzlies, black bears (some of […]


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