New research indicates increasing Chinook salmon abundance and reducing disturbance is essential for Southern Resident killer whale recovery

New research indicates increasing Chinook salmon abundance and reducing disturbance is essential for Southern Resident killer whale recovery

Our new study shows a 25% chance that these iconic whales could be lost within the next 100 years. With appropriate and resolute actions, however, this risk of extinction could be significantly reduced…

Submissions and public documents on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Submissions and public documents on the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project

Putting the Great Bear Rainforest at risk, the Enbridge Northern Gateway Project posed serious implications for the wildlife of coastal British Columbia through habitat destruction associated with increased tanker traffic and the very real threat of diluted bitumen spills. Raincoast was an intervenor in the CEAA/ NEB (joint panel) review process and, along with First Nations, filed legal challenges to the project’s approval by the NEB and the federal government. Those legal challenges were successful and upheld by the Canadian Federal government.

Juvenile salmon & small streams

Juvenile salmon & small streams

The Great Bear Rainforest is home to over 2,500 salmon runs from more than 5,000 spawning populations. Many of these rivers are still intact, offering a unique opportunity to study the linkages between salmon and the larger food web. However, salmon in this region are faced with increasing threats, many of which have depressed and extirpated salmon populations throughout the Pacific Northwest. Some of our previous work to understand ecology, status of, and threats to coastal salmon populations is linked below.

Canada’s tar sands: bringing pipelines, tankers and climate disruption to an ecosystem near you

Canada’s tar sands: bringing pipelines, tankers and climate disruption to an ecosystem near you

Enbridge’s Northern Gateway project invites the world’s largest supertankers and dirtiest oil to the unspoiled waters of coastal British Columbia.  Similarly, Kinder Morgan’s Trans-Mountain pipeline expansion would dramatically raise the level of tanker traffic traversing through Vancouver, the Fraser estuary and the Gulf Islands.  For more on Kinder Morgan proposal click here. Read below for a…