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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.
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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, ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more
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 ...Read more