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How new research on habitats within the Fraser River estuary implicates conservation strategy

Dave Scott, Misty MacDuffee, Lia Chalifour, and Charlie Clark work in the Fraser River Estuary.

Published on 2019.09.17 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

Raincoast biologist Misty MacDuffee joined Mark Brennae on CFAX 1070 to talk about the Fraser River and the fish that rely on its distinct and interconnected habitat. The Fraser Estuary supports more than 100 species that are recognized as “at-risk” (threatened, endangered or of concern) either provincially or federally.1 Misty MacDuffee is part of a […]

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Interview: Why our latest court challenge to the re-approval of the Trans Mountain pipeline is critical for the Salish Sea

Aerial view of Southern Resident killer whales in the Salish Sea, and Misty Macduffee and CFAX logo in the foreground.

Published on 2019.07.22 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

The Southern Resident killer whales are a small declining population. The increase in tanker traffic associated with the Trans Mountain expansion will have a significant adverse effect on these killer whales in the Salish Sea…

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Misty MacDuffee on CFAX 1070 talking about the approval of the Trans Mountain Pipeline

Two killer whales come to the surface of the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.06.24 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

The day after the federal government approved the Trans Mountain Pipeline yet again, Raincoast’s Wild Salmon Program Director, Misty MacDuffee spoke with Mark Brennae on CFAX 1070 to talk pipelines, whales, and how humans are implicated in the disappearance of species. There is, of course, the risk of an oil spill or a vessel strike, but the noise and disturbance on both inbound and outbound tankers is always a certainty. And that noise can reduce the whales ability to echolocate and communicate…

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The National Energy Board and killer whales, on As It Happens

Killer whales spyhop with a tanker in the background and population viability maps in the foreground.

Published on 2019.03.11 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

In this interview, Misty outlines that while oil spills remain a clear risk, the effects of increased vessel traffic, i.e. noise and disturbance, are a certainty.

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Seals and sea lions in the Salish Sea are all part of a healthy food web

Seals hanging out on a rocky outcropping, soaking up some sunshine.

Published on 2019.02.13 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

Since the killing of seals and sea lions ended in the 1970s, pinnipeds in the Salish Sea have been recovering. The recovery of seals slowed by 2000 and for the last fifteen years or so the number of seals in the Salish Sea has been relatively stable. This population of fish eaters has recovered to what was likely historic levels…

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L124 is the newest member of the Southern Resident killer whales

A Southern Resident killer whale slaps their tail in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.01.15 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

Listen to Misty MacDuffee explain some of the context around the recent birth of L124 in the Salish Sea. Declines in Chinook abundance, especially to the Fraser, are affecting killer whale behaviour patterns, fertility and survival…

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Misty MacDuffee joins Adam Stirling on CFAX 1070 to discuss Washington State’s billion dollar plan to aid killer whale recovery

Southern Resident killer whales J50 with her sister, J42, in July of 2018, swim by in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.01.04 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

Misty MacDuffee and Adam Stirling discuss the benefits and the shortcomings of Washington’s investment, the problem with dams, aid to Chinook hatcheries and new hatchery production. They discuss the genetic and ecological implications from hatcheries and why MacDuffee believes this makes them a poor investment for salmon recovery and Southern Resident killer whales.     […]

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Cabinet rejects request for an emergency order for endangered killer whales

Southern Resident killer whale, J50, looking emaciated in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2018.11.09 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

Last week the Canadian federal government announced its refusal to issue an emergency order to protect endangered Southern Resident killer whales under the Species at Risk Act, despite the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ recommendation to do so. Misty MacDuffee joined Adam Stirling on CFAX 1070 on Monday, November 5th to discuss these measures…

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Chris Genovali and Terry Moore on trophy hunting and the changing paradigm of “wildlife as commodity”

A black bear sits down in the river bank and sticks out it's tongue: Terry Moore and Chris Genovali.

Published on 2018.10.01 | by Raincoast | in Interviews

This summer Raincoast executive director Chris Genovali spoke with Terry Moore to discuss the problems with trophy hunting in BC and globally. We learned last week that Terry Moore passed away. Our sincere condolences to Terry’s family and to his colleagues at CFAX. We have deep respect for his body of work as a journalist […]

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