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Fisheries and Oceans Canada is failing British Columbia’s salmon

VANCOUVER – Canada’s Pacific salmon fishery is losing its coveted eco-certification from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) because the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), despite repeated commitments, failed to address the issues identified with outstanding conditions in previous independent fishery audits. The industry has chosen to pre-emptively withdraw from the international certification to […]

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New report on need to reform Conservation Officer Service

Sidney, BC: A new report, commissioned by Raincoast Conservation Foundation and produced by the University of Victoria’s Environmental Law Centre, proposes law and policy reforms that would enhance wildlife management by increasing the accountability of the BC Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) as a whole and reducing the unnecessary killing of wildlife by conservation officers. Drawing […]

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Paying the price – New research indicates trophy hunters pay more to target large-bodied carnivores

New peer-reviewed research by scientists from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the University of Victoria offers fresh insight into the behaviour of trophy hunters. In short, guided hunters pay more to kill larger carnivores, reflecting a desire that likely evolved because large carnivores serve as impressive trophies to signal the abilities of hunters. Theory from […]

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Statement: Conservation groups respond to Federal Court of Appeal decision on Trans Mountain

SIDNEY – The Federal Court of Appeal ruled today that it will not proceed with hearing a case Ecojustice brought on behalf of Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society, challenging the federal government’s approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Ecojustice lawyer Margot Venton, who represents Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Living Oceans Society in […]

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New research shows all habitat types are needed to conserve salmon and other fish in the Fraser River estuary

The Fraser River estuary supports a multitude of fish species, and is a crucial habitat for juvenile salmon from throughout the Fraser watershed. Currently however, more than 70% of the rearing habitat historically accessible to these salmon has been lost or disconnected. Estuaries are also comprised of different types of habitats, including eelgrasses, marshes and […]

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Conservation groups launch new case challenging Trans Mountain Pipeline

VANCOUVER – Raincoast Conservation Foundation is going back to court with Ecojustice and Living Oceans Society to challenge the federal government’s re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The groups submitted a motion to the Federal Court of Appeal this morning, asking for leave to launch a judicial review of Cabinet’s decision. They argue that […]

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Trans Mountain approval wrong choice for endangered killer whales and climate

VANCOUVER – The federal government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline project is the wrong choice for endangered killer whales and for the climate emergency. The project will not go ahead without a fight, environmental groups Ecojustice, Living Oceans Society and Raincoast Conservation Foundation say…

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Killer Creamery Partners with Raincoast to Protect Southern Resident Killer Whales

For Immediate Release, June 5, 2019 Healthy Ice Cream Turns Heroic On National Orca Day BOISE, IDAHO – Killer Creamery celebrates National Orca Day by launching black keto ice cream. The healthy ice cream company is partnering with the Raincoast Conservation Foundation to raise funds for research and protection of Southern Resident Killer Whales, of […]

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Terminal 2 expansion threatens killer whales, salmon and climate action

VANCOUVER, May 22 2019 — On May 23rd, conservation groups will present three main concerns with the proposed Terminal 2 expansion at Roberts Bank in Delta to the federal review panel. Groups will raise concerns about the effects of underwater noise and pollution on marine mammals, fish and fish habitat, and greenhouse gas emissions. The […]

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Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Canada’s recovery measures for endangered killer whales a positive step: conservation groups VANCOUVER, May 10, 2019 —A coalition of six conservation groups commend the federal government’s new measures to support Southern Resident killer whale recovery. The measures are the boldest yet; greater whale-watching restrictions, expanded voluntary slow downs for international shipping and the […]

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Research requires greater oversight to prevent suffering of wildlife

Sidney, British Columbia Whether harassing, harming or killing animals accidentally or purposely – via invasive techniques or ‘experimental’ lethal control – some research can cause pain and distress in wildlife. Motivated to prevent such suffering, new research reveals a potentially transformative process to ensure careful and ethical conduct by wildlife scientists. Scientists from Raincoast Conservation […]

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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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