Raincoast Conservation Foundation

We use rigorous, peer-reviewed science and community engagement to further our conservation objectives. We call this approach ‘informed advocacy’ and it is unique amongst conservation efforts. We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and their wilderness habitats.

Recent articles

Approval of Trans Mountain expansion puts Fraser River salmon and Salish Sea estuaries at risk

Approval of Trans Mountain expansion puts Fraser River salmon and Salish Sea estuaries at risk
The Fraser River in British Columbia remains one of the world’s most productive salmon rivers. Equally significant is the Fraser River’s estuary, which serves as vital habitat for fish, bird, and mammal species that are linked across thousands of kilometers of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. All Fraser River populations of salmon…

We’re headed back to court for killer whales

We’re headed back to court for killer whales
Today we are returning to court with partners Ecojustice and Living Oceans Society to challenge the federal government’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Our lawyers at Ecojustice submitted a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal this morning, asking for leave to launch a judicial review of Cabinet’s decision. We contend that Cabinet…

A first grizzly bear in the Kitlope

A first grizzly bear in the Kitlope
Just days before being asked to go on a last-minute week-long trip to the Kitlope I had been glued to the pages of Cecil Paul and Briony Penn’s new book, Stories From the Magic Canoe. I was invited to visit as a guest aboard Maple Leaf, to capture visuals, to help with fundraising and awareness…

Maple Leaf’s commitment to coastal conservation

Maple Leaf’s commitment to coastal conservation
2019 marks the second year of a decade-long $100,000 commitment from Maple Leaf Adventures to our research and conservation efforts on the BC Coast and, in particular, the Great Bear Rainforest. As the spring field program for Raincoast’s Salmon Carnivore program comes to an end…

Misty MacDuffee on CFAX 1070 talking about the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Misty MacDuffee on CFAX 1070 talking about the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline
The day after the federal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline yet again, Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program Director, Misty MacDuffee spoke with Mark Brennae on CFAX 1070 to talk pipelines, whales, and how humans are implicated in the disappearance of species. There is, of course, the risk of an oil spill or a vessel strike, but the noise and disturbance on both inbound and outbound tankers is always a certainty. And that noise can reduce the whales ability to echolocate and communicate…