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Scientific Literature

All of Raincoast’s published scientific papers, abstracts, and conference proceedings.


Criteria for a good catch: A conceptual framework to guide sourcing of sustainable salmon fisheries

FACETS, Canadian Science Publishing, Patagonia Provisions, University of Montana and Raincoast: salmon research.

Published on 2018.04.17 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

The proposed new framework for identifying sustainably harvested salmon suggests that individual retailers develop criteria (or adopt others) that comply with this place-based foundation. Patagonia Provisions is one retailer requesting this high standard of certification because their customers want higher standards than are currently available…

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Mismeasured mortality: correcting estimates of wolf poaching in the United States

Journal of Mammalogy cover for research published on mismeasured risks of poaching due to bias.

Published on 2018.04.13 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

This research tests and rejects the long-held idea that data lost when known animals disappear were unbiased, under conditions common to most, if not all, studies using marked animals. Published government estimates are affected by the biases discovered. And so government estimates of systemically underestimating risks of poaching…

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Applied Ecology: Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management

A map of North America and then in text it says, An assessment of 667 wildlife management systems across Canada and the USA found that key hallmarks of science were missing...

Published on 2018.03.07 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, published by Science Advances , challenges a widespread assumption that wildlife management in North America is science-based. Scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation, Simon Fraser University, University of Victoria, and the University of Wisconsin – Madison examined management documents relating to most hunted species across […]

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Political populations of large carnivores

Mashup of maps and population distribution graphs overlaid onto wolf skull illustrations.

Published on 2018.01.24 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

A team led by researchers from Raincoast, UVic, and Simon Fraser University reviewed the scientific literature for cases in which independent scientists scrutinized government reporting of wildlife population sizes, trends and associated policy. The findings are reported in a new paper, “Political populations of large carnivores,” ….

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Intergenerational equity can help to prevent climate change and extinction

Cover image from Nature Ecology and Evolution with figures and maps

Published on 2018.01.18 | by Raincoast | in Scientific Literature

The global crises of climate change and extinction imperil all life on Earth. A new scientific publication suggests that powerful means to address these looming threats already exist but are largely overlooked…

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Research: Evaluating anthropogenic threats to endangered killer whales to inform effective recovery plans

Population viability analysis graphs overlaying a Killer Whale

Published on 2017.10.26 | by Raincoast | in Marine Mammals & Birds, Scientific Literature

The endangered Southern Resident killer whales (SRKWs) that inhabit the Pacific Coast of Canada and the United States are balancing on a knife-edge. New research conducted by an international team of renowned scientists representing academic and conservation organizations in three countries…

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Research: online hunting forums identify achievement as prominent among multiple satisfactions

Achievement is the kind of satisfaction that is most prominent for hunters.

Published on 2017.08.30 | by Raincoast | in Grizzly Bears, Scientific Literature

Researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria have shed new light on what satisfies hunters. Reporting in the peer-reviewed journal Wildlife Society Bulletin, they found that the dominant satisfaction expressed in online hunting stories is achievement…

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Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy: an assessment of conservation progress in British Columbia

Figures from a research paper an assessing conservation progress in British Columbia

Published on 2017.08.24 | by Raincoast | in Salmon, Scientific Literature

This paper, lead by scientists at Simon Fraser University and co-authored by two Raincoast biologists, finds that Canada’s Wild Salmon Policy has failed to improve the conservation of Pacific salmon since its adoption in 2005…

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Research: Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

An assortment of figures from the paper, Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

Published on 2017.07.28 | by Raincoast | in Marine Mammals & Birds, Scientific Literature

Building on Raincoast’s five years spent surveying marine mammals on the BC coast, a new approach to linking environmental conditions with marine mammal densities has identified hotspots of marine mammal biodiversity…

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