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British Columbia’s coastline is 900 kilometres as the crow flies, but includes over 27,000 kilometers of archipelago, inlets, islands and fjords. This geography fosters a spectacular diversity of life but also makes it vulnerable to a variety of threats, from oil spills to increasing industrialization. Our marine conservation program aims to protect marine mammals, marine birds and their habitats.

Initiatives in our Marine Research and Conservation Program

Protecting endangered killer whales

The WHaLE Project

Defining and Defending Marine Mammal Habitat 

Marine Birds

Pacific Herring


Killer whales spyhop with a tanker in the background and population viability maps in the foreground.

The National Energy Board and killer whales, on As It Happens

While we are glad that the NEB recognizes that the project will have significant adverse effects on Southern Resident killer whales, we don’t agree that Trans Mountain’s purported benefits are ...
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J16 spy hops: Southern Resident killer whale.

No mitigation measures can protect Southern Resident killer whales from the noise of Trans Mountain’s tanker traffic

Today the National Energy Board (NEB) recommended that the Trans Mountain Expansion should proceed despite the consequence of oil tankers on the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whale population. While ...
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Beam Reach Haro Strait Salish Sea, with a map of the Southern Resident killer whale critical habitat and the tanker route tot he Trans Mountain Expansion Burnaby terminal.

Raincoast’s new evidence on Southern Resident killer whales for the National Energy Board’s reconsideration of the Trans Mountain Expansion

The National Energy Board is now preparing its recommendations to cabinet on the Trans Mountain Expansion. When we won our legal case in the federal court of appeal in August ...
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Seals hanging out on a rocky outcropping, soaking up some sunshine.

Seals and sea lions in the Salish Sea are all part of a healthy food web

Since the killing of seals and sea lions ended in the 1970s, pinnipeds in the Salish Sea have been recovering. The recovery of seals slowed by 2000 and for the ...
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The Achiever with a misty mountain in the background.

April conservation expedition with Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet

This April we are partnering with Bluewater Adventures for a unique trip through the Canadian Gulf Islands and the Salish Sea, which will feature Raincoast’s Dr. Paul Paquet as the ...
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Southern Resident killer whales swim by in the Salish Sea.

Southern Resident killer whales need more than luck

The Southern Resident killer whales were in need of some good fortune. It came on January 10th with the appearance of a new calf, L124, whose sex is unknown and ...
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A Southern Resident killer whale slaps their tail in the Salish Sea.

L124 is the newest member of the Southern Resident killer whales

Listen to Misty MacDuffee explain some of the context around the recent birth of L124 in the Salish Sea. Declines in Chinook abundance, especially to the Fraser, are affecting killer ...
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Southern Resident killer whales J50 with her sister, J42, in July of 2018, swim by in the Salish Sea.

Misty MacDuffee joins Adam Stirling on CFAX 1070 to discuss Washington State’s billion dollar plan to aid killer whale recovery

Misty MacDuffee and Adam Stirling discuss the benefits and the shortcomings of Washington’s investment, the problem with dams, aid to Chinook hatcheries and new hatchery production. They discuss the genetic ...
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A Southern Resident killer whales, J50, glides through the water in the Salish Sea.

Chinook salmon, 74 killer whales, and the future of the Salish Sea

2018 closes with just 74 Southern Resident killer whales remaining in the world. You’ve been with us through a year of huge wins and some heartbreaking losses and it’s worth ...
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Southern Resident killer whales are on the precipice

This past summer, the world’s attention was focused on the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whales that inhabit the Salish Sea and its outside coastal waters. Tahlequah (J35) carried her ...
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A family of meerkats stand together watching, while a young member opens their mouth and shows their tongue.

From meerkats to killer whales

For animal species that form social groups, living together can have a strong effect on individuals’ chances of survival and reproduction, and ultimately on how population sizes change over time ...
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Southern Resident killer whales spy hop with oil tankers in the background.

Still no adequate threat reduction measures for endangered killer whales

Yesterday, the federal government announced that it is instructing the National Energy Board to conduct a review of project-related marine shipping associated with the proposed sevenfold increase in tanker traffic ...
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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.

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

Today, we launched a new 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 ...
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J50 and Family in the Salish Sea

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

Today we can all celebrate a significant win in our efforts to protect Southern Resident killer whales, Fraser River salmon and the Salish Sea. This morning, the federal court of ...
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J50/Scarlet and her mother, J16/Slick, travel toward the west side of San Juan Island, Washington.

Killer Whales versus Trans Mountain pipeline – decision time

The decision on our legal challenge to the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is due tomorrow from Canada’s Federal Court of Appeal. This court ruling will encompass several ...
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