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Raincoast is a team of scientists and conservationists that undertake primary research and publishes peer-reviewed science to inform our conservation objectives. As an evidence-based, conservation science organisation (science ENGO), that operates a research lab, research field station and a research/sailing vessel, we are unique in Canada.

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government and other NGOs to gather information and build support for decisions that protect marine and terrestrial ecosystems, their components and processes. We conduct applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for the conservation debate and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

Our 2012 PLoS paper uses grizzlies to assess harvest impacts of sockeye fisheries. It’s an example of how ecosystem objectives can be considered in salmon management.


Recent Papers

An assortment of figures from the paper, Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

Research: Quantifying marine mammal hotspots in British Columbia, Canada

Building on Raincoast Conservation Foundation's five years spent surveying marine mammals on the BC coast, a new study by scientists at Raincoast, UVic, Dalhousie and Arizona State Universities has linked ...
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Whales eating close to the shore on the North Coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Research: Oil Spills and marine mammals – development and application of a risk-based conceptual framework

Biologists at Raincoast, along with Ocean Wise research scientist Peter Ross, have published a new paper in the Journal Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology.  We developed a conceptual framework ...
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Research: Intrapopulation diversity in isotopic niche over landscapes: Spatial patterns inform conservation of bear–salmon systems

Overview: A new study by scientists at Raincoast and the University of Victoria shows hotspots of salmon consumptions by bears across a huge expanse of western North America.  The study ...
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3 trophy hunters kneel behind a dead grizzly.

Hunting for status: men trophy hunt as a signal they can absorb the costs

Just days before the controversial trophy hunt of grizzly bears resumes in BC on April 01, science offers new insight into the human ‘super predator.’ It also offers a glimpse ...
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Seagull flies low over the water touch their feet onto the orange sunset surface.

Marine birds and chronic oil pollution on Canada’s Pacific coast

Chronic oil pollution poses substantial risks to marine birds and other marine wildlife worldwide. On Canada's Pacific coast, the negative ecological consequences to marine birds and marine ecosystems, in general, ...
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Infographic with stylized bear and salmon, explaining that as salmon runs decrease, human-bear conflicts increase.

The ecology of conflict

Read moreRead this article (PDF) A new study, the “Ecology of conflict: Marine food supply affects human-wildlife interactions on land” published in the journal Scientific Reports, finds that in areas ...
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A pile of silvery Pacific herring.

Pacific herring and fisheries management in Canada: a new era or history repeated?

Fox, Caroline H., Aerin L. Jacob, Chris T. Darimont, and Paul C. Paquet. 2016. Pacific herring and fisheries management in Canada: A new era or repeated history? Ocean & Coastal ...
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A pair of raccoons in the dark sit in a tree.

Research: Fear of large carnivores causes a trophic cascade

Suraci, J.P., M. Clinchy, L.M. Dill, D. Roberts and L.Y. Zanette. 2016. Fear of large carnivores causes a trophic cascade. Nature Communications, 7: 10698 doi: 10.1038/ncomms10698 Read this open access ...
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Several Pacific white-sided dolphins burst from the water in a pod

Updated marine mammal distribution and abundance estimates for British Columbia

Best, B.D., C.H. Fox, R. Williams, P.N. Halpin and P.C. Paquet. 2015. Updated marine mammal distribution and abundance estimates in British Columbia. Journal of Cetacean Research and Management, 15: 9-26 ...
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Montage of infographics on the human superpredator.

The human super predator revealed

Reporting in this week’s Science, researchers from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation, University of Victoria (UVic), and the Hakai Institute identify humans as the planet’s super predator and suggest a paradigm ...
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Wolves splash around in an intertidal zone of the Great Bear Rainforest

Poisoning Canada’s wolves with strychnine is unacceptable: journal comment

To reduce predation on a woodland caribou population threatened by industrial disturbance, a recent study in Alberta (Canada) used strychnine baits to kill wolves, even though its use has been ...
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A wolf with cubs

Maintaining Ethical Standards during Conservation Crises

In a scathing commentary published in the peer-reviewed journal, Canadian Wildlife Biology and Management, scientists from the Raincoast Conservation Foundation and the Universities of Saskatchewan and Victoria denounce the failure of researchers, government ...
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