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.
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.
We have a research lab at the University of Victoria (Raincoast Lab in Applied Conservation Science), 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%.
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.