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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

Save the Great Bears - Forever

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 extinguish guided hunting. You can help us stop the killing…

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Oil-Free Coast

view of the calm ocean and sunrise at Hakai rocks

In 2016, the federal government finally rejected the Northern Gateway proposal. But Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain Expansion was approved. Raincoast’s analysis, along with conclusions by Kinder Morgan and the National Energy Board, all indicate that oil tankers from this project increase the risk of extinction for Canada’s Southern Resident killer whales. Raincoast, represented by Ecojustice, will be in court this fall arguing that project approval violates Canada’s Species at Risk Act.

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Flagship Projects

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

Raincoast’s goal is to conserve and protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species to ensure the future for all species that exist on different scales. Our flagship projects include primary research and conservation efforts on wild salmon, large carnivores, and marine species, including marine mammals, marine birds, and Pacific herring.

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Latest News

A clear day in Active Pass.

Getting the next generation of Salish Sea stewards back to school

As scientists we learn from each other, our Indigenous partners, the wildlife we study and the youth we engage. For over 15 years, as guests of the Heiltsuk Nation, Raincoast staff scientists have supported the development of local youth as future stewards of the environment at a yearly kids camp…

A Raincoast scientist walks through the tall grass to get to the shores of the Lower Fraser for salmon testing.

Celebrating wild salmon conservation with Michael Snyder, April Bencze and guests

Join us September 13th at Patagonia Vancouver for food, music, photography and stories that celebrate the foundation of the coast. Music by Rick Buckman Coe. Stories by April Bencze. Photos and more by Michael Snyder ….

A black bear stares out from the intertidal zone on the BC coast.

Chris Darimont explains “achievement” and hunter satisfactions in carnivore hunting

On August 29, Dr. Chris Darimont joined Pamela McCall on CFAX 1070. They discussed new research that can help shed light on what satisfies hunters and some of the implications for carnivore hunting in BC…

A grizzly bear sits down in the shallow water on the BC Coast.

New research gives insight into the minds of hunters

Research from Raincoast and UVic has shed new light on what satisfies hunters. Reporting in the Wildlife Society Bulletin, we found that appreciation of nature and affiliation are common, but less pronounced ‘satisfactions’ expressed by hunters.

Misty MacDuffee and Wiet van Bragt survey the Fraser River in the lower mainland.

How a Dutchman found himself knee-deep in Fraser River mud

We used several techniques to catch the tiny salmon. We purse seined for them on the flats of the estuary in Georgia Strait, we beach seined along the shoreline of the river delta, and we set up fyke nets in the side channels of the river mouth…

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