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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


Southern Resident killer whale pokes head above water, displaying a classic spyhop behaviour.

2016 – The year in review

On behalf of the entire Raincoast team, I am proud to provide you a link to download Tracking Raincoast into 2017. In this latest edition, you will find news on ...
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Federal approval of Kinder Morgan pipeline project unlawful

Dec 20, 2016 VANCOUVER –  “Cabinet should never have approved the Kinder Morgan project,” said Dyna Tuytel, Ecojustice lawyer. “The National Energy Board’s report that Cabinet relied on to make ...
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Trudeau’s Pipeline Approval Faces Court Challenge From Conservation Groups

Huffington Post Canada By Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Conservation groups have filed a new court challenge to the federal government's approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline. The request ...
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Ship noise on government’s radar amid dispute over pipeline’s impact on whales

Bruce Cheadle, The Canadian Press Monday, December 19, 2016 Read the article on CTV News website. OTTAWA -- The federal government is seeking a way to regulate underwater shipping noise ...
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It’s Oil or Orcas

by Judith Lavoie, The Tyee To view this story with photos and links, visit the Tyee's website Under the waves of Haro Strait, hydrophones record the noise made by passing ...
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Enbridge, Kinder Morgan, and hope for killer whales

We have something to celebrate. And so do you. In November, the federal government finally rejected the Northern Gateway proposal and vowed to impose a north coast tanker ban. This ...
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Endangered BC orcas could face extinction with Trans Mountain approval

Graham Slaughter, CTVNews.ca Writer View this story on CTV's website with video and photos British Columbia’s endangered population of southern resident killer whales are more likely to go extinct, now ...
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Southern Resident killer whale breaching from the waters of the Salish Sea with mountains in the background.

Today’s approval of TMX sanctions probable extinction of the Southern Resident killer whales

Contrary to their claim, the Canadian federal government’s approval of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain tar sands pipeline and oil tanker project is a political compromise not based on scientific evidence ...
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Reject Kinder Morgan and say ‘yes’ to recovery of endangered killer whales

Even without an oil spill, even without ship strikes, the underwater noise from increased shipping alone will push the endangered Southern Resident killer whales further toward extinction. When cumulative effects ...
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Big oil v orcas: Canadians fight pipeline that threatens killer whales

Ashifa Kassam The Guardian, Wednesday 16 November 2016 To read the full story with photos and maps, visit The Guardian's website  On one shore there are snow-capped mountains. On the other side ...
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Death of L95 and the lives of Southern Resident killer whales

Raincoast's Misty MacDuffee speaks with Janice and Cory from Roundhouse Radio about the unique lives of Southern Resident killer whales and the tragic death of L95. Listen to the interview ...
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Science & conservation for an oil free coast – Sidney Shaw Centre

Thursday, October 6 2016 7 pm   Doors open at 6:30 Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea  9811 Seaport Place, Sidney Reserve tickets With a court case appealing aspects of the Northern ...
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Science & conservation for an oil free coast – UVic

Wednesday, October 5 2016 7 pm   Room A120 David Turpin Building  University of Victoria With a court case appealing aspects of the Northern Gateway court ruling (you read that correctly, ...
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Three orcas swim in a pod from right to left, showing their dorsal fin.

Chinook salmon and its importance to Southern Resident killer whales

Cory and Janice from Roundhouse Radio speak with Raincoast's Misty MacDuffee about the importance of Chinook salmon to the survival of Southern Resident killer whales. Listen Here ...
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Marine Birds of the Raincoast by Caroline Fox

At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast

Recently released by Rocky Mountain Books, the nonfiction book At Sea with the Marine Birds of the Raincoast shares the unique story of conservation scientist Dr. Caroline Fox as she ...
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