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Proceeds from guidebook to go towards protecting wolves and other large carnivores

The cover of Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail, with a trail photo in the background.

Published on 2018.09.28 | by Maria I. Bremner | in For the coast

When I first visited Cape Scott Provincial Park (now almost 2 decades ago!), I scratched the surface of something incredible. Over time, it called me back again and again. It wasn’t any one thing that I found that I was looking for. It was more the feeling of the place, like a drum beat deep […]

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Of coastal carnivores and conservation

A juvenile Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) rests between mussel-munching sessions.

Published on 2018.09.12 | by Lauren Eckert, Raincoast Research Fellow | in For the coast

It’s a misty, bracing morning on the banks of the Koeye River. Before long, the summer sun will rise to burn off the fog and reveal a world dazzling in shades of greens, blues, and sandy beige, and buzzing with biodiversity. But in these soft, quiet morning hours, a different shade of gold slinks along […]

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Killer Whales versus Trans Mountain pipeline – decision time

J50/Scarlet and her mother, J16/Slick, travel toward the west side of San Juan Island, Washington.

Published on 2018.08.29 | by Raincoast | in For the coast

We requested the court send this unlawful approval back to Cabinet with instructions that it must meet all of the legal requirements, which include addressing the risks to Southern Resident killer whales. The court ruling is due Thursday…

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Wild Salmon, Pipelines and the Trans Mountain Expansion

A quiet sunny day on the The Fraser River.

Published on 2018.08.27 | by Misty MacDuffee, Dave Scott, & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

As the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population continues to struggle from the combined forces of noise, pollution and food (i.e. Chinook) availability, Raincoast Conservation Foundation has released a report that highlights the risks posed to wild salmon in the Lower Fraser River from an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline…

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Inspiring the next generation of Salish Sea stewards

A youth participant of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewardship program has a solo sit at Monarch head for reflection and mindfulness.

Published on 2018.08.13 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in For the coast

In 2016, Raincoast launched the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program, taking youth on a journey through marine and terrestrial environments. The impacts and importance of this program for youth is quickly gaining…

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Trans Mountain expansion poses unacceptable risk to Salish Sea

A tug lines up beside a massive oil tanker.

Published on 2018.04.26 | by Chris Genovali, Misty MacDuffee & Paul Paquet | in For the coast

Is Canada’s national interest best aligned with a Texas pipeline company? The suggestion of bailing out U.S.-based Kinder Morgan and investing tax dollars to access public assets in a sunset industry, while momentous questions of Canadian law are still before the courts, is nothing short of absurd…

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New study casts doubt on scientific basis of wildlife management in North America, offers a way forward

Wolf stands in the intertidal zone amidst the rock and seaweed, looking at the photographer, Kyle Artelle.

Published on 2018.03.07 | by Kyle Artelle, PhD | in For the coast

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, released today in the AAAS Open Access journal Science Advances, identified four key hallmarks expected of science-based management: clear objectives, use of evidence, transparency and external review. Combined, these hallmarks provide the checks and balances that give rigour to science-based approaches…

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National Energy Board’s failure haunts governments

Juvenile killer whale and mother off the coast of British Columbia.

Published on 2018.02.22 | by Chris Genovali & Paul C. Paquet | in For the coast

The cries of condemnation emanating from the Alberta and Canadian federal governments are deafening. The burgeoning conflict began when BC announced the province would limit shipments of diluted bitumen from Alberta…

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A killer whale emergency

Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side, as seen from the air.

Published on 2018.02.15 | by Raincoast | in For the coast

We are requesting an emergency order under Canada’s Species at Risk Act. Southern Resident killer whales were recognized as endangered in 2002. Despite this, the Federal Government has taken no action to date to reduce the threats to these whales…

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