Raincoast’s Salmon Run

A conservation update from the Great Bear Rainforest

While sockeye are now entering some of the Fraser River watersheds in the millions, delivering nutrients and food to forests and wildlife, other runs of BC salmon -like chum and pink runs from the Broughton Archipelago up through the central and north coasts – are returning in extremely low numbers. For Raincoast biologist Misty MacDuffee, her prime motivation to protect salmon runs is the importance of these fish to coastal ecosystems. Increasingly, too few salmon are reaching their spawning grounds and the bears and wildlife that need them the most. Chum and pink are the primary salmon source for many coastal bears, yet they are running a marathon gauntlet of nets, hooks, fish farms and habitat changes that prevent them from reaching their spawning destinations.

They need your help.

This Thanksgiving weekend Raincoast Conservation Foundation, with its staff, volunteers, board members and supporters will participate as an official pledge charity in the 31st Annual Goodlife Fitness Victoria Marathon.

Your marathon support will fund our youth outreach initiatives that inspire young people to protect this ecological heritage of coastal lands, waters and wildlife.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation and title sponsor Hemp and Company present SALMON RUN 10-10-10.


Maggy Wages – Raincoast U.S. Board – Full Marathon Giving Page

Misty MacDuffee – Raincoast Biologist – Half Marathon Giving Page

Heather Bryan, Raincoast Biologist – Full Marathon Giving Page

Kyle Artelle, Raincoast Biologist – Half Marathon Giving Page

Andy Rosenberger, Raincoast Researcher – 8 km Road Race Giving Page

Peter Ross, Raincoast Board Member – 8 km Road Race Giving Page

Jane Woodland, Raincoast Board Chair – 8 km Road Race Giving Page

Erin Renwick, Raincoast Supporter – Full Marathon Giving Page

Rachel Maser – Raincoast Supporter – Full Marathon Giving Page

Dariel Sidney – Raincoast Supporter – Full Marathon Giving Page Giving Page

Tanya Brown – Raincoast Supporter – 8 km Road Race Giving Page

Bill, Lorna and the Staff at Hemp & Company Victoria – Title Sponsor Giving Page

You can help

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.