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Backgrounder on Canada’s Pacific salmon fishery losing its Marine Stewardship Council certification

A salmon in a stream, with four partner logos, Watershed Watch, David Suzuki Foundation, SkeenaWild Conservation Trust, and Raincoast.

What is the Marine Stewardship Council? The Marine Stewardship Council, or “MSC”, is an international, independent non-profit organization which sets a standard for sustainable fishing. Fisheries that wish to demonstrate they are well-managed and sustainable compared to the science-based MSC standards are assessed by a team of experts who are independent of both the fishery […]

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Finding communities in salmon conservation

A salmon splashes in a shallow stream, surrounding by the vibrant colours of autumn.

As I crouch on the riverbank taking measurements of the salmon carcass, the ever-telling sensation of being watched creeps up my neck. I look up to see a mother black bear and her two cubs across the river, staring right at me. Our eyes meet, and time slows. In this moment of connected eyes and […]

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A short history of fantastic peer to peer fundraising campaigns

A collage of faces and supporters who have done peer to peer fundraising on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

As an organization working to end commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest, we rely on our supporters. We’re inspired, and grateful, for those who take donations to the next level by creating their own supporting campaigns. Already, people have been working with us towards securing the Kitlope Tenure. As we continue towards our […]

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B.C.’s human-wildlife conflict response needs reform

A happy large black bear walks down the road.

Recent events have raised important legal questions about the policies, practices, and procedures of the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) for responding to human-wildlife conflicts. This past summer was marked by multiple encounters involving people and black bears in the Lower Mainland, with accompanying BCCOS-related controversy as well. In a high-profile incident in Coquitlam, […]

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BC Bear Day was a success!

Doug Neasloss speaks to the crowd at the Pipe Shop for BC Bear Day 2019.

BC Bear Day this past weekend was a grand success. We saw lots of kids, teddy bears in hand, residents looking for tips on how to coexist with bears and people generally interested in learning more about bears. The afternoon portion of the event was filled with presentations, games, face painting, bear yoga and an […]

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Kitlope River estuary visit

Grass in the foreground gives way to epic mountains of the Kitlope valley.

This spot on a map of BC means little until you follow the 70-mile Gardner Canal that branches off Devastation Channel and winds its way deep into the coastal mountains of northern BC.  While single-handing my old wooden sailboat, ERN, I was reminded of my first trip to the mountains and the thrill of seeing […]

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BC Bear Day photography exhibit

Close up of a painting of a golden grizzly.

As part of BC Bear Day – this Sunday in North Vancouver – you can view a fantastic collection of wildlife photography that will, of course, include BC Bears. You can take a sneak peak below, and we hope you can view them in person.  The event is hosted in the stunning heritage status Pipe-Shop, […]

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Research: Trophy hunters pay more to target larger-bodied carnivores

A polar bear rolls on their back with their mouth open, and there's a graph floating in the top right.

The behaviour of human hunters diverges from other animals. Other predators tend to target vulnerable individuals in prey populations. Humans, often males, tend to hunt large, reproductive-aged individuals. In the case of guided trophy hunting these species are likely perceived as costly, by increasing failure risk and risk of injury, and providing lower nutritional returns.

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