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No mitigation measures can protect Southern Resident killer whales from the noise of Trans Mountain’s tanker traffic

Sidney, British Columbia – Today’s recommendation to approve the Trans Mountain expansion by the National Energy Board (NEB) disregards the consequences of oil tankers on the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whale population. “There is nothing that can currently be done to reduce the effects of tanker noise on Southern Resident killer whales. While the […]

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New study shows importance of salmon species diversity in coastal black bears’ diets

Sidney, British Columbia: Managing salmon for wildlife typically focuses on providing enough biomass, a measurement of the total kilograms of spawning salmon, to promote salmon consumption that in turn benefits population health and productivity. A new study by scientists at Spirit Bear Research Foundation, Raincoast Conservation Foundation, and the University of Victoria, shows that salmon […]

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Early Christmas for Coastal Carnivores

Today the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Coastal First Nations reached another conservation milestone in raising $500,000 to acquire the commercial trophy hunting rights in a further 2,350 square kilometres of the Great Bear Rainforest. The Nadeea hunting tenure covers some of the most spectacular watersheds in the Great Bear Rainforest, the home of Spirit bears, […]

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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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