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, field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.

Since 1990, Raincoast has 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.

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

Mushroom in the sun with spores flying out.
Photo by Alex Harris

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 wildlife habitats.

Our vision

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

Megan Adams and Patrick Johnson, Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchmen, collect hair samples.
Photo by Grant Callegari.
A coastal wolf caught in motion walking across seaweed.
Photo by Bertie Gregory.

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