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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.

Stop Terminal 2 Expansion

Protecting killer whales

Southern Resident Killer Whales in the Salish Sea.

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 walks out on the wet flats on the west coast of BC.

Working with our 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…

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores →

Fraser Estuary Research

Salmon fry pool in the estuaries of the Fraser River.

As part of our efforts to understand habitat use, mitigate, and stop habitat destruction in the Fraser River Estuary, we study 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

Cover of the open letter to the PMO standing beside a large elk.

Nature conservation should be central to Canada’s recovery from COVID-19

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, PC, MPPrime Minister of CanadaOffice of the Prime Minister and Privy Council Parliament BuildingsOttawa, Ontario K1A 1A6 July 10, 2020 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: As organizations with a strong commitment to defending nature in Canada, we want to acknowledge the efforts that the Government of Canada has made to protect […]

A mashup of images and profile photos from the Coastal Insights series episodes.

Coastal Insights online education series about nature, people, and place is now complete and available

The pandemic has impacted our lives in many ways, particularly with regard to learning in schools and experiential programming. Teachers have had to fast-track their technological skills and shift from their regular face to face connections with students to engaging through online learning. Raincoast knows this first hand as we were literally one week away […]

A black bear sits in the stream and holds a fish against a rock in the water.

Open letter to The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau: Curb the wildlife trade

The undersigned Canadian animal protection organizations and scientific experts commend your leadership and efforts to contain and combat the spread of COVID-19 during this most difficult time for our country. Unfortunately, the emergence of COVID-19 was a textbook example of emerging zoonotic infections…

A path winds its way up a hill through a forest into the light.

A winter on S,DA’YES in a future ancient forest

The term “management” is often preceded by “resource” and thus implies a process resulting in economically beneficial outcomes. Governance suggests a more comprehensive, more collaborative approach to making land-use decisions…

Killer whales swim by Saturna island

Terminal 2 Backgrounder: Impacts on Southern Resident killer whales

The shipping expansion at the Deltaport terminal will place further stress on the Fraser estuary that has already lost more than 70% of its natural habitat. Raincoast is particularly concerned about the impacts from the terminal on Fraser Chinook salmon and Southern Resident killer whales…

Fraser river Chinook salmon settle on the rocks near the bottom under a shadow.

Terminal 2 Backgrounder: Impacts to Fraser Chinook salmon

The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of its shipping terminal at Roberts Bank beside the Tsawwassen Ferry Terminal. The existing terminal is already a significant presence in the Fraser estuary. Its 210-acre container terminal connects to the largest coal terminal in North America. A four-kilometre long causeway across the Fraser estuary facilitates truck and rail transit between the terminal and the shore…

A wolf walks across the beach in the early morning light, with figure 1 in the foreground.

Research: Addressing poor statistical support for wolf control and maternal penning as conservation measures for endangered mountain caribou

The scientists looked closely at the data provided in a previous study that examined how 18 caribou populations responded to different treatments including wolf culls, maternal penning, moose reduction, and combinations thereof, as well as controls. There were important errors in the statistical methods associated with that prior study…