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Creating a living atlas for salmon and salmon habitat in the Lower Fraser

A screenshot of the interactive map and living atlas of the Lower Fraser River.

Published on 2018.08.14 | by Riley Finn, Research Associate | in Conservation update

Much of this data currently contained within the atlas comes from provincially available data online, as well as the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) and the local stewardship organizations that we have met with. We hope that the map can be used to support decision making, management and…

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New report: Wild Salmon, Pipelines, and the Trans Mountain Expansion

Dave Scott holds a small salmon fry in a measuring device on the Lower Fraser.

Published on 2018.08.08 | by Misty MacDuffee & Dave Scott | in Conservation update

This report that 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, the river’s unique features, the nature of diluted bitumen, and the failures of Trans Mountain’s environmental assessment, as well as the inadequacy of the National Energy Board review. ..

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Win a wildlife adventure with Raincoast

Achiever sits quietly on the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest while a bear wades through the shallow water in the foreground.

Published on 2018.07.05 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Conservation update

The competition rules are simple: raise or donate $5,000 for our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign by Thanksgiving (October 8th, 2018) and you will be entered with a chance to win a ten-day trip for two with Raincoast in the fall of 2019…

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Government declares “imminent threat” to survival of Southern Resident killer whales

Southern Resident killer whales: J2 (right) and juvenile J45 (left) chasing a salmon.

Published on 2018.06.08 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

Last week, the government announced fisheries closures in some key Southern Resident foraging areas. While welcome news, the measures only partially address our concerns over food availability and disturbance to endangered killer whales…

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Feds’ fisheries announcement a welcome first step: groups renew call for killer whale emergency order

Five Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2018.05.24 | by Raincoast | in Backgrounders, Conservation update

Conservation groups applaud today’s federal announcement that endangered Southern Resident killer whales face “imminent threats” to their survival and recovery. Prompted by this assessment, the Ministers also announced fisheries closures in key foraging areas …

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Raising the bar on fisheries certification and sustainably harvested salmon

Sockey Salmon swim in a tight formation, with bright red bodies.

Published on 2018.04.17 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in Conservation update

Do you rely on labels like the blue checkmark (i.e. the Marine Stewardship Council) or other certification stamps to guide your purchase of sustainable salmon? Most people do, but few consumers know that when it comes to salmon, these certifiers generally fail to consider ecosystem science…

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Conservation groups put ministers on notice over Southern Resident killer whales

Juvenile killer whale and mother off the coast of British Columbia.

Published on 2018.04.05 | by Raincoast | in Conservation update

Media release: Conservation groups are putting the federal Minister of Environment and Climate Change and Minister of Fisheries and Oceans on notice as the groups race to secure protection for endangered Southern Resident killer whales…

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Getting closer to safeguarding coastal carnivores

A black bear meanders over the rocks and streams in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2018.03.13 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in Conservation update

Recently, we unveiled our Safeguarding Coastal Carnivores campaign to refresh our Save the Great Bears campaign. The new name reflects the fact that our work to end of commercial trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest also safeguards wolves, cougars, wolverines and black bears…

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Critical situation for Southern Resident killer whales provokes call for urgent action

Southern Resident killer whales swim side by side in the Salish Sea, with joint partner logos on the right, including David Suzuki Foundation

Published on 2018.01.30 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director | in Conservation update

Only 76 Southern Resident killer whales remain. This is a critical situation. Today, represented by Ecojustice, and in collaboration with other science and environmental organizations, we are calling on the Canadian government to take immediate action to protect these whales…

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