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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.

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New study reveals rarity of the Spirit bear and gaps in their protection in the Great Bear Rainforest

New research has identified that the small genetic change responsible for Spirit bears – a rare, white-coated form of black bears – is up to 50% rarer in the Great Bear Rainforest than previously estimated. The study also indicates that geographic hotspots, where the Spirit bear version of the gene was especially prominent lack adequate protection from resource extraction.

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Seismic survey threatens endangered whales

SIDNEY – As the oceans become quieter amidst the global pandemic, an application for seismic surveys off the West Coast of Vancouver Island threatens the recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales. This week, in response, a coalition of conservation groups has written to the federal minister of Fisheries and Oceans to inform her that […]

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Terminal 2 report finds “significant adverse and cumulative effects” to endangered killer whales and Fraser River Chinook

Sidney, BC: The Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency issued its findings today on the ecological implications from the expansion of the shipping terminal at Roberts Bank in the Fraser Estuary. Raincoast and its intervenor partners, all represented by Ecojustice, made extensive submissions on the implications of the project to Fraser River Chinook salmon and to Southern […]

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Staqeya, the lone wolf of Discovery Island, killed by trophy hunter

“The senseless trophy killing of Staqeya (Takaya), the iconic ‘lone wolf’ made famous by his stay on Discovery Island, once again brings to the fore the full-spectrum persecution of Canis lupus in British Columbia,” said Chris Genovali, executive director of Raincoast Conservation Foundation. BC’s wolves are killed through a variety of means, most of which […]

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Supreme Court of Canada refuses to hear Trans Mountain case, conservation groups react

VANCOUVER – The Supreme Court of Canada announced today that it will not hear a set of legal challenges to the federal government’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project, including a case aimed at protecting endangered Southern Resident killer whales from the project. If built, the Trans Mountain project will lead to increased tanker […]

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New report sets a bold vision for restoring salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser River

Following years of decline in the number of Chinook and sockeye salmon returning to the Fraser River, the last two years have been the lowest on record, with significant fisheries closures. Low abundance of coho and chum also constrain recreational and commercial fisheries. Even First Nation fisheries for food, social, and ceremonial purposes have been […]

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Federal government measures failed to protect endangered Chinook salmon in 2019

February 5, 2019 VICTORIA — Many more endangered Fraser River Chinook salmon were killed in fisheries last year than promised by Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Despite a commitment to reduce Fraser spring and summer Chinook mortality to less than five per cent, recent analyses using the federal government’s own data suggest this limit was far exceeded and that a full fisheries closure would have allowed at least 25 per cent more endangered Chinook salmon to spawn. Last year marked the lowest return of Fraser River spring and summer Chinook on record: fewer than 14,500 reached their spawning grounds.

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Study finds that goals to recover species at risk are stronger in the United States than in Canada

An estimated one million species are at risk of extinction globally and despite efforts, including legislation meant to protect species at risk, the majority of species are not recovering in either Canada or the United States. This might be because governments do not set ambitious or high quality targets to recover species at risk. Researchers […]

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Conservation groups appeal to Supreme Court in Trans Mountain suit

OTTAWA — Ecojustice, acting on behalf of the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society, is taking the fight to defend endangered Southern Resident killer whales from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the Supreme Court of Canada. The groups allege the federal government violated the Species at Risk Act when it approved the pipeline […]

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