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Have DFO fishery managers gone rogue?

Have DFO fishery managers gone rogue?

Managers open salmon fisheries in defiance of minister’s previously announced closures. Three months ago, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, Bernadette Jordan, made the difficult but necessary decision to announce long-term closures (i.e. spanning several salmon generations) for almost 60 per cent of B.C.’s commercial salmon fisheries. The announcement reflected the dire status of British Columbia’s wild salmon. Fishery closures on…

Looking ahead for each other – new study shows how the Wuikinuxv Nation shares sockeye with neighbouring grizzly bears

Looking ahead for each other – new study shows how the Wuikinuxv Nation shares sockeye with neighbouring grizzly bears

New research has found that people and bears can share salmon without harming each other’s interests. By setting sockeye harvest limits at ~10% less than those expected to maximize harvest for people they expect to reduce bear densities by a similarly modest 10%, a trade-off that is not only operable but honours the Wuikinuxv spirit of n̓àn̓akila.

Up to 85 percent of historical salmon habitat lost in Lower Fraser region

Up to 85 percent of historical salmon habitat lost in Lower Fraser region

Salmon have lost access to as much as 85 per cent of their historical floodplain habitat – the biologically rich wetlands next to a river or stream that typically harbour wildlife – due to dikes and similar infrastructure, say researchers at UBC and the Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

New research reveals spatial alignment between grizzly bear genetic groups and Indigenous language families in coastal British Columbia

New research reveals spatial alignment between grizzly bear genetic groups and Indigenous language families in coastal British Columbia

People from Gitga’at, Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk), Wuikinuxv, Nuxalk, and Kitasoo/Xai’xais territories have long been connected culturally to grizzly bears. New research from a collaboration among these First Nations and scientists from the University of Victoria and Raincoast Conservation Foundation has revealed a newly identified link in this long-established relationship.  In the landscape on the central coast of what is now known…

New study shows importance of estuary habitats for threatened Chinook salmon in the Fraser River

New study shows importance of estuary habitats for threatened Chinook salmon in the Fraser River

Sidney BC. A new study published recently used salmon ear bones (otoliths) and genetic fingerprinting to confirm the importance of the Fraser estuary for juvenile Chinook salmon. Previous estuary researchers suspected these habitats were of high importance to young Chinook, but this study confirms that Harrison River Chinook, which migrate quickly to the estuary after emerging from the gravel, remain there for an average of six weeks.

All we want for Christmas is an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree

All we want for Christmas is an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree

Just a few days away from the holiday break, Raincoast Conservation Foundation is hoping to access the holiday spirit with a campaign to help protect an olive-sided flycatcher in a Douglas-fir tree. Today, the Vancouver-based Sitka Foundation pledged a $100,000 matching gift putting the fundraising goal in sight before the end of 2020. Once the group raises $195,000 (they have…

New research charts path to survival for 102 species at risk of extinction in Fraser River Estuary

New research charts path to survival for 102 species at risk of extinction in Fraser River Estuary

Press release: Research published today in Conservation Science and Practice indicates that 102 species at risk of extinction in the Fraser River Estuary can be saved with an investment of $381 million over 25 years. The research demonstrates that the best way to achieve this is for First Nations and other governments to collaboratively implement a conservation and sustainability plan for recovery.

Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Pender Islands Conservancy Association to purchase conservation property on North Pender Island: S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Pender Islands Conservancy Association to purchase conservation property on North Pender Island: S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest

In September of 2020, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Pender Islands Conservancy Association entered into talks, and submitted an offer to purchase the property in mid-November. They have up to 8-months to raise the $395,000 needed to purchase the property and place it under a protective covenant.

Stronger forest protection policy needed on the Gulf Islands

Stronger forest protection policy needed on the Gulf Islands

The Environmental Law Centre’s work resulted in a report synthesizing 10 regulatory recommendations for improving forest governance in the Islands Trust Area, but one overarching certainty emerged from the process: provincial law reform is necessary.

No evidence that predator control will save endangered mountain caribou, study says

No evidence that predator control will save endangered mountain caribou, study says

Detecting errors that overturn conclusions from previous research, a new study shows that addressing potential threats from wolves has not in fact slowed the decline of mountain caribou in British Columbia and Alberta. The freely-available open-access paper was published in the international peer-reviewed journal, Biodiversity and Conservation, by scientists from Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia, and Victoria.