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Still no adequate threat reduction measures for endangered killer whales

Southern Resident killer whales spy hop with oil tankers in the background.

Published on 2018.09.22 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Paul Paquet, Senior Scientist | in Conservation update

The federal government is instructing the National Energy Board to conduct a review of marine shipping associated with the proposed sevenfold increase in tanker traffic from the Trans Mountain expansion…

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Heart of the Fraser: Ecological stronghold faces imminent threat

An aerial photo of the stunning vista and sunset over the Heart of the Fraser.

Published on 2018.09.18 | by David Scott, Raincoast Lower Fraser Salmon Program Coordinator | in Conservation update

The Fraser River is an incredibly productive and important ecosystem which has supported abundant populations of salmon and sturgeon for thousands of years. However, in a few short centuries humans have drastically modified habitats throughout the watershed…

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We are taking the federal government to court to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales

A Souther Resident killer whale is watched by a whale watching vessel: five logos on the right including David Suzuki Foundation, World Wildlife Fund, Georgia Strait Alliance, Natural Resources Defense council and Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Published on 2018.09.05 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Paul Paquet, Senior Scientist | in Conservation update

Today, we launched a lawsuit to ensure our federal government acts to protect the endangered Southern Resident killer whales. The lawsuit comes less than a month after Southern Resident J35 (Tahlequah) carried her deceased calf for 17 days

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We’ve won our legal challenge to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion

J50 and Family in the Salish Sea

Published on 2018.08.30 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

Today we can all celebrate a significant win in our efforts to protect the Salish Sea, Fraser River salmon, and the Southern Resident killer whales. This morning, the federal court of appeal unanimously ruled that the Canadian government’s approval of the Trans Mountain Expansion project violated its legal obligations to protect endangered Southern Resident killer […]

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Fisheries closures needed for killer whales

J50 swims toward San Juan Island: a group of people stand by the lighthouse waiting and watching.

Published on 2018.08.16 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

The Southern Resident killer whale population needs your voice to demand that the new federal Fisheries Minister, Jonathan Wilkinson, issue an emergency order that also includes the following actions…

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Creating a living atlas for salmon and salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser

A screenshot of the interactive map and living atlas of the Lower Fraser River.

Published on 2018.08.14 | by Riley Finn | in Conservation update

Much of this data currently contained within the atlas comes from provincially available data online, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the local stewardship organizations that we have met with. We hope that the map can be used to support decision making, management and…

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New report: Wild Salmon, Pipelines, and the Trans Mountain Expansion

Dave Scott holds a small salmon fry in a measuring device on the Lower Fraser.

Published on 2018.08.08 | by Misty MacDuffee & Dave Scott | in Conservation update

This report that highlights the risks posed to wild salmon in the Lower Fraser River from a Trans Mountain pipeline or tanker spill. The report details the year-round presence of different salmon species, the river’s unique features, the nature of diluted bitumen, and the failures of Trans Mountain’s environmental assessment, as well as the inadequacy of the National Energy Board review. ..

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Win a wildlife adventure with Raincoast

Achiever sits quietly on the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest while a bear wades through the shallow water in the foreground.

Published on 2018.07.05 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Conservation update

The competition rules are simple: raise or donate $5,000 for our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign by Thanksgiving (October 8th, 2018) and you will be entered with a chance to win a ten-day trip for two with Raincoast in the fall of 2019…

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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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