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‘A critical win’ – Ecojustice, Raincoast & Living Oceans celebrate Trans Mountain ruling

VANCOUVER – Ecojustice,  Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society— conservation groups who fought the approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project in a historic hearing last October — are calling today’s Federal Court of Appeal ruling “a critical win” for endangered killer whales, communities, the climate and the coast. In a decision announced this […]

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Crisis situation for endangered killer whales needs emergency response

VANCOUVER — Critically endangered southern resident killer whales now require immediate closure of Chinook fisheries on B.C.’s coast and closure of all whale watching, according to the David Suzuki Foundation and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation. “If an orca mother’s prolonged display of grief and signs of starvation among J-pod don’t inspire action, what will? We’re […]

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Spill risk from Trans Mountain too high for Fraser River wild salmon says new report

A report released today by the Raincoast Conservation Foundation highlights the risks posed to wild salmon in the Lower Fraser River from a Trans Mountain pipeline or tanker spill. The report details the year-round presence of different salmon species in the Lower Fraser, the river’s unique features, the nature of diluted bitumen, and the failures of Trans Mountain’s environmental assessment…

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Groups applaud feds’ fisheries announcement, renew call for killer whale emergency order

VANCOUVER – Conservation groups are applauding today’s announcement from Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna that endangered Southern Resident killer whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced immediate fisheries closures in key Southern Resident foraging areas. […]

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Confronting the elephant (head) in the room – researchers challenge the conservation community on the ethics of trophy hunting

Corvallis, Oregon, USA & Victoria, British Columbia, Canada Writing in the scientific journal, Conservation Letters, an international team of conservation scientists is challenging the conservation community to fully consider the ethics of trophy hunting and think critically about endorsing the practice as a key funding mechanism for wildlife protection. The authors argue that trophy hunting […]

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A new ‘place-based” approach to raise the bar on sustainably harvested salmon

Duvall, WA/Sidney, BC: Researchers from Wild Fish Conservancy, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the University of Montana are proposing an alternative framework for certifying wild salmon. The alternative is explained in a paper newly published in the open access journal FACETS titled “Criteria for a good catch: A conceptual framework to guide sourcing of sustainable salmon […]

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When science-based wildlife management isn’t… and a solution to fix it

A new study 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 Canada and the USA. They found the key hallmarks of science often missing. […]

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