Our research and education vessel, Achiever

Building up to be its busiest year to date, 2022 will see Achiever back off shore.

In 2021, Raincoast welcomed a new marine operations manager and Captain, Drew Grav-Graham, to the team. Having made the jump from the ecotourism industry, Drew brings a wealth of experience and renewed enthusiasm for SV Achiever and the marine program. 

Diving straight into months of seabird surveys off the west coast of Vancouver Island in the winter and spring, Achiever was put back to its original purpose, doing line transect work offshore. Under contract for Environment and Climate Change Canada, we have been working with a team of biologists to collect baseline data of both local and migratory seabird populations from Brooks Peninsula south and up into the Salish Sea basin. 

Achiever and team also guided six weeks of trips in the Salish Sea for Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Stewards (SSES) program with youth and community members from the W̱SÁNEĆ, Quw’utsun (Cowichan) and Tsawwassen Nations, amongst pandemic cancelations and maintenance. We learned so much from these inspiring youth and knowledge holders, exploring their territories with them.

Building up to be its busiest year to date, 2022 will see Achiever back off shore for more seabird surveys (lasting until the end of 2024), as well as an expanded SSES program, Haíɫzaqv and Kitasoo/Xai’xais youth and donor trips in the Great Bear Rainforest, as well as helping to support and foster Raincoast’s new Healthy Waters program.

Help us protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

Together with Pender Islands Conservancy, we are raising funds to purchase and permanently protect a 45 acre forested property on the edge of the Salish Sea. The KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is located within the Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone, one of the most biodiverse ecosystems in Canada. It is also among the most threatened in Canada. Protecting these forests is an investment in our collective future.

We’ve just announced a donation matching campaign to support the purchase and permanent protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. Every dollar donated before December 31, 2022 will be matched by anonymous donors. This is a chance for you to double your impact!