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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

Two southern resident killer whales approach in the Salish Sea.

Action for killer whales cannot be delayed

The Salish Sea’s Southern Resident killer whale population is one of the most critically endangered populations of marine mammals in Canada and the U.S. Both countries list this transboundary population as endangered, citing three primary risk factors…

A closeup of an eagle with snowflakes resting on their head.

At Sea: the Secret Lives of Marine Birds

Join Killam Postdoctoral Fellow and Raincoast Scientist, Dr. Caroline Fox for a photo presentation of her research and award winning book.
“At Sea, the Secret Lives of Marine Birds” October 5th, 7:00 pm

Killer Whales versus Kinder Morgan

Raincoast and Living Oceans Society are in court this week, represented by our lawyers at Ecojustice, to challenge the Kinder Morgan pipeline and defend BC’s endangered Southern Resident killer whales…

Spawning channel on the lower mainland.

Letter: Kinder Morgan intervenors demand answers from NEB about salmon protection

Raincoast and Living Oceans detailed concerns over the use of spawning deterrents in important Chinook salmon spawning area in this letter to the National Energy Board…

Marlie Van Roy lifts a canoe in preparation for departure.

Community-based science and communing with the coast

“Rain’s supposed to come down even harder this afternoon,” says our Skipper Murray ‘Moose’ Barton and we lower the canoe into the water…

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