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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.

Save the Great Bears

Save the Great Bears - Forever

Working with our Coastal First Nations partners, our goal is to acquire all remaining commercial hunting tenures in the Great Bear Rainforest. You can help us extinguish guided hunting. You can help us stop the killing…

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Oil-Free Coast

view of the calm ocean and sunrise at Hakai rocks

Putting the Great Bear Rainforest at risk, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project posed serious threats to the wildlife of coastal British Columbia from the noise and spills of tanker traffic. Raincoast was an intervenor in the JRP review process, and along with First Nations, filed legal challenges to the project’s federal approval. In 2016, the federal government finally rejected the Northern Gateway proposal.

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Flagship Projects

Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Raincoast’s goal is to conserve and protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species to ensure the future for all species that exist on different scales. Our flagship projects include primary research and conservation efforts on wild salmon, large carnivores, and marine species, including marine mammals, marine birds, and Pacific herring.

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Latest News

Sea lions in the Great Bear Rainforest

Rachel Notley not winning hearts or minds in B.C.

With multiple lawsuits before the courts, including one by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and an anti-Trans Mountain provincial government taking power in British Columbia, Notley’s audacious guarantee seems intemperate at best. However, if Notley’s intention was to harden opposition in B.C. to the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain expansion…

Whales eating close to the shore on the North Coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Oil Spills and marine mammals, development and application of a risk-based conceptual framework

Using BC as a case study, this paper develops a framework for examining risk to oil spills faced by marine mammals. We found that in BC, killer whales (residents and transients), sea otters, and Steller sea lions face the greatest risk of population level consequences, but that many BC marine mammals are at elevated risk…

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And the winner is…

We met up today to draw the name of the lucky winner of our Save the Great Bears draw! We can’t thank you all enough for your smiles and energy and donations…

A grizzly bear wades into the shallows, with Achiever anchored in the background: "Last day to win"

Conservation Update – Help us to consign the trophy hunt to history

Yes. Today is your last chance to win a unique 10 day adventure with Raincoast. Aboard our research vessel, Achiever, you’ll visit the estuaries and watersheds where bears…

Fish-eating bears are fitter bears

New research by scientists at Raincoast and UVic shows how the lives of salmon and bears in BC are inextricably linked and underlines the importance of ecosystem protection to keep both species healthy…


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