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Government declares “imminent threat” to survival of Southern Resident killer whales

Southern Resident killer whales: J2 (right) and juvenile J45 (left) chasing a salmon.

Published on 2018.06.08 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

Last week, the government announced fisheries closures in some key Southern Resident foraging areas. While welcome news, the measures only partially address our concerns over food availability and disturbance to endangered killer whales…

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Feds’ fisheries announcement a welcome first step: groups renew call for killer whale emergency order

Five Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2018.05.24 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update, Press Releases

Conservation groups applaud today’s federal announcement that endangered Southern Resident killer whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced fisheries closures in key foraging areas …

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Raising the bar on fisheries certification and sustainably harvested salmon

Sockey Salmon swim in a tight formation, with bright red bodies.

Published on 2018.04.17 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

Do you rely on labels like the blue checkmark (i.e. the Marine Stewardship Council) or other certification stamps to guide your purchase of sustainable salmon? Most people do, but few consumers know that when it comes to salmon, these certifiers generally fail to consider ecosystem science…

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Getting closer to safeguarding coastal carnivores

A black bear meanders over the rocks and streams in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2018.03.13 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Conservation update

Recently, we unveiled our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign to refresh our Save the Great Bears campaign. The new name reflects the fact that our work to end of commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest also safeguards wolves, cougars, wolverines and black bears…

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Critical situation for Southern Resident killer whales provokes call for urgent action

Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side in the Salish Sea, with joint partner logos on the right, including David Suzuki Foundation

Published on 2018.01.30 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

Only 76 Southern Resident killer whales remain. This is a critical situation. Today, represented by Ecojustice, and in collaboration with other science and environmental organizations, we are calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect these whales…

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Envisioning 2018: more accomplishments for nature, people, and the places we love

The float house in Bella Bella, Heiltsuk Territory.

Published on 2017.12.29 | by Chris Darimont, Raincoast Director of Science | in Conservation update

As the year closes, I look back on what Raincoast has achieved in 2017. I envision a 2018 comprised of more accomplishments for nature, people, and the places we love. What a year 2017 was! Our research and informed advocacy…

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Happy Holidays from Raincoast

Chris Genovali aboard the Acheiver on a sunny day.

Published on 2017.12.24 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

As the Christmas holiday arrives, your print version of Tracking Raincoast will be arriving soon as well. In the interim, I encourage you to take a look at our online version of Tracking Raincoast as this year…

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A gift of abundance for Southern Resident killer whales

An illustration of Southern Resident killer whales bunching in a beautiful green ambient light.

Published on 2017.12.21 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

As 2017 draws to a close, all of us at Raincoast are buoyed by the news that grizzly hunting across the entirety of British Columbia will finally end. Thank you for supporting our 20+ years…

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Jubilation over NDP decision to stop grizzly hunting in British Columbia

A grizzly bear looks out over the misty forests of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2017.12.18 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

Raincoast Conservation Foundation is hailing the NDP government’s announcement ending grizzly hunting in not only the Great Bear Rainforest, but the entire province. It is an enormous conservation victory for wildlife in British Columbia…

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