Meet the Raincoast Marine Team

Working in the remote regions of the Great Bear Rainforest requires access by boat. Our 67′ vessel Achiever serves as a research platform for many of our projects, however the marine team -who undertake marine mammal and seabird surveys- spend up to 4 months a year on board. In 2007, the crew surveyed the stormy waters off BC’s central and north coast until December, in order to expand our understanding of abundance and distribution patterns of animals throughout the year. This experience gave them insight into the risks associated with allowing oil tankers weekly winter passage through this shallow, rocky coastline.

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Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

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 wildlife habitats.

Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.