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We are headed to the Supreme Court for Southern Resident killer whales

Southern Resident killer whales on the surface of the blue Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.11.05 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Paul Paquet, Senior Scientist | in For the coast

Today, Raincoast takes our work to protect Southern Resident killer whales from the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada. Working with Living Oceans Society and our legal team at Ecojustice, we have filed an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court. We are arguing that the […]

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Gvukva’áus Haíɫzaqv. House of the Haíɫzaqv, it’s always been here

Published on 2019.11.04 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in For the coast

The Haíɫzaqv (Heiltsuk) community of Waglisla (Bella Bella) who have been our friends, supporters and partners for over a generation, were about to celebrate the historic opening of the stunning new Gvukva’áus Haíɫzaqv (house of the Haíɫzaqv) with a five day potlatch celebration. Over 3000 people were expected. Knowing that accommodations were limited in the […]

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Where bears, fish, and humans roam

A bear stands or floats in the water eating a giant salmon.

Published on 2019.11.01 | by Kate Field | in For the coast

Transitioning between seasons can often push your senses to work overtime. This is especially true in summer and autumn in the Atnarko River corridor, where the river comes alive with Chinook, chum, pink, sockeye, and coho salmon runs. The smell of a river containing spawned-out fish is unforgettable, and one I have grown fond of. […]

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Searching for sentinels at the top of the world

Mountain goat blending in with rocks and moss on the BC west coast.

Published on 2019.10.30 | by Tyler Jessen | in For the coast

White on white is hard to see. It is especially difficult when what’s white is a mountain goat tucked into the nooks and crannies at the top of a mountain. These elusive animals cling to the windswept peaks of the coastal mountains of British Columbia where they find relief from warm summer temperatures and the […]

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B.C.’s human-wildlife conflict response needs reform

A happy large black bear walks down the road.

Published on 2019.09.25 | by Kelly Firth & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

Recent events have raised important legal questions about the policies, practices, and procedures of the British Columbia Conservation Officer Service (BCCOS) for responding to human-wildlife conflicts. This past summer was marked by multiple encounters involving people and black bears in the Lower Mainland, with accompanying BCCOS-related controversy as well. In a high-profile incident in Coquitlam, […]

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A new way to help us end trophy hunting in the Great Bear Rainforest

People in a boat a ways from shore, watch a grizzly bear, in the Kitlope.

Published on 2019.09.05 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in For the coast

By now you’ve probably seen the photos and video we’ve shared of the Kitlope, and hopefully you’re getting some sense of how spectacular this place really is. This past May I was given the opportunity to travel to the Kitlope conservancy aboard the SV Maple Leaf and it was easily the most beautiful place I’ve […]

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Salmon, bears and people

Megan Adams and Patrick Johnson, Wuikinuxv Guardian Watchmen, collect hair samples.

Published on 2019.08.29 | by Megan Adams, Hakai-Raincoast Scholar | in For the coast

Grizzly and black bears do a lot of the heavy lifting when it comes to connecting marine and terrestrial ecosystems along the coast. As fish return each fall to spawn, bears catch salmon and eat them along the river banks or adjacent forests, leaving food and nutrient sources for hundreds of species of scavengers on […]

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Terminal 2 expansion at Roberts Bank jeopardizes salmon recovery efforts

A container ship get loaded at a terminal near Vancouver.

Published on 2019.08.23 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

Given the ecological challenges that Fraser River salmon, including juvenile salmon, face at this point in history, now is not the time to increase pressure on their rearing grounds in the Fraser estuary by increasing the footprint of the Terminal 2 project on Roberts Bank….

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Increasing salmon hatcheries could do more harm than good for Chinook and Southern Resident killer whales

A killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.08.13 | by Misty MacDuffee, Nick Gayeski, & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

Hatcheries have failed to protect or restore the old ages, big sizes, range of migration times and diversity of wild Chinook salmon. For Southern Residents to recover, the age structure and run timing of wild Chinook runs, along with abundance, need to be restored. This is not the objective of hatcheries…

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