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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 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

Summer Employment Opportunity

Are you a biology student looking for a great summer job? Check out Raincoast’s juvenile salmon program in the Fraser Estuary. We are looking to hire 2 field assistants…

A black bear meanders over the rocks and streams in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Getting closer to safeguarding coastal carnivores

Recently, we unveiled our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign to refresh our Save the Great Bears campaign. The new name reflects the fact that our work to end of commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest also safeguards wolves, cougars, wolverines and black bears…

Wolf stands in the intertidal zone amidst the rock and seaweed, looking at the photographer, Kyle Artelle.

New study casts doubt on scientific basis of wildlife management in North America, offers a way forward

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, released today in the AAAS Open Access journal Science Advances, identified four key hallmarks expected of science-based management: clear objectives, use of evidence, transparency and external review. Combined, these hallmarks provide the checks and balances that give rigour to science-based approaches…

A map of North America and then in text it says, An assessment of 667 wildlife management systems across Canada and the USA found that key hallmarks of science were missing...

Applied Ecology: Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, published by Science Advances , challenges a widespread assumption that wildlife management in North America is science-based. Scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison examined management documents relating to most hunted species across […]

Luke Wallace events coming up in Tofino and sidney on behalf of Safeguard Coastal Carnivores campaign.

Live performances by musician Luke Wallace

Join Raincoast and Musican Luke Wallace for a series of events in support of Raincoast’s campaign to safeguard Coastal Carnivores. It’s now time to permanently end commercial trophy hunting of all large carnivores in the Great Bear Rainforest. Join us in Sidney on March 22nd and in Tofino on March 23rd…

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