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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

Stop Terminal 2 Expansion
The Port of Vancouver is proposing to double the size of the Deltaport shipping terminal next to the Tsawwassesn Ferry Terminal. This project will destroy vital habitat in the Fraser estuary and put further stress on endangered killer whales, Fraser Chinook salmon and many other threatened species.

Toward a vision for salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River

Toward a vision for salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River
This is a crucial time for wild salmon that depend on the Fraser River. We identify systemic problems of governance and land use that have created this situation and offer six recommendations as next steps to put salmon and their habitat on a trajectory to ecological resilience.

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores

Safeguard Coastal Carnivores
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…

Fraser Estuary Research

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

Protecting killer whales

Protecting killer whales
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….

Flagship projects

Flagship projects
Through directed conservation efforts on umbrella and foundation species, Raincoast strives to protect all species and ecosystem processes existing on BC’s coast.

Recent articles

Research: Dietary differences among individuals with different genes and coat colours gives insight into the maintenance of the Spirit bears among black bear populations

Research: Dietary differences among individuals with different genes and coat colours gives insight into the maintenance of the Spirit bears among black bear populations
The paper, “Intrapopulation foraging niche variation between phenotypes and genotypes of Spirit bear populations,” was published in the open-access journal Ecology and Evolution.

Research publication led by Dr. Christina Service honoured by the British Ecological Society

Research publication led by Dr. Christina Service honoured by the British Ecological Society
This year’s exceptional winning papers span topics as diverse as spirit bear genetics, coral reef productivity, plants reclaiming mining land and classifying elephants as refugees.

GiveBig Washington to protect killer whales in the Salish Sea.

GiveBig Washington to protect killer whales in the Salish Sea.
We are excited to participate the 2021 GiveBig Washington campaign! The 48-hour fundraiser officially starts next week (May 4-5), but with early giving having already started you can make a contribution now.

The Green and Blue Carbon Stewardship opportunity in BC’s forested and marine ecosystems: Synthesis of key workshop takeaways

The Green and Blue Carbon Stewardship opportunity in BC’s forested and marine ecosystems: Synthesis of key workshop takeaways
On March 17, 2021, Transition Salt Spring, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and Brinkman Earth Systems hosted a virtual workshop exploring opportunities for blue and green carbon projects to help finance Indigenous-led stewardship of the Coastal Douglas-fir and marine forests that sustain the Salish Sea.

Unpacking new research on the Fraser Estuary’s importance to Chinook salmon

Unpacking new research on the Fraser Estuary’s importance to Chinook salmon
A new paper, “Chinook salmon exhibit long-term rearing and early marine growth in the Fraser River, B.C., a large urban estuary,” has highlighted the importance of the Fraser estuary as critical habitat for Chinook salmon. The researchers used salmon ear bones, or otoliths, to study how juvenile salmon were using the Fraser estuary, and found […]