Raincoast: science and conservation

Raincoast is a team of conservationists and scientists empowered by our research to protect the lands, waters and wildlife of coastal British Columbia. We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach informed advocacy. As a charitable, non-profit conservation science organization that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.

Since 1990, we have been making progress toward our habitat and wildlife protection goals. Our on-the-ground presence has given us a deep-rooted understanding of BC’s vast coastline. We work in partnership with scientists, First Nations, local communities and NGOs to build support for decisions that protect marine and rainforest habitat on BC’s coast.

Central to Raincoast’s efforts are long-standing relationships with Indigenous Nations, many of whom are regaining agency over conservation and management decisions in their Territories. Raincoast has partnered with Indigenous Nations. Each of Raincoast’s programs include Indigenous Knowledge, practices and/or insights in their development.

Our research

Raincoast conducts applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for the conservation debate and our collective body of scientific knowledge. Our in-house scientists collaborate with graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors to produce high-quality peer-reviewed publications.

Research lab

We have a research lab at the University of Victoria, Raincoast Applied Conservation Science Lab), operate a research field station on Denny Island, BC, own and operate a 70’ steel Transport Canada-certified research vessel, and maintain speed-boats suitable for research in a range of coastal conditions. Overhead for university costs is kept below 5%.

A killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea.
Photo by NOAA.

Our vision

Our vision for coastal British Columbia is to protect the habitats and resources of umbrella species. We believe this approach will help ensure the survival of all species and ecological processes that exist at different scales.

A coastal wolf caught in motion walking across seaweed.
Photo by Bertie Gregory.

Our mandate

Investigate. Inform. Inspire.

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.

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