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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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Groups urge federal government to protect Southern Resident killer whales with emergency order

VANCOUVER — A coalition of conservation groups from Canada and the U.S. is calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect Southern Resident killer whales. Ecojustice sent a petition to Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Dominic LeBlanc and Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna on Tuesday, requesting the Ministers recommend […]

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Scientists expose ‘political populations’ of large carnivores

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada: “We have a record number of grizzly bears in the province, a huge and growing population …”, Christy Clark, then Premier of British Columbia, asserted in 2015, defending her government’s management of a controversial trophy hunt. This authoritative and optimistic statement, which lacked supporting evidence, inspired an international group of conservation […]

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Intergenerational equity can help to prevent climate change and extinction

Sidney, British Columbia, Canada: The global crises of climate change and extinction imperil all life on Earth, including present and future human generations – i.e., our children and grandchildren. A new scientific publication suggests that powerful means to address these looming threats already exist but are largely overlooked. This commentary by a prominent international team […]

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