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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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Stories from the Magic Canoe of Wa’xaid

Cecil Paul, Xenaksiala elder, at a book signing in Kitimat Valley.

Published on 2019.07.15 | by Briony Penn, PhD, Author | in For the coast

Cecil Paul has told the story of that long journey in—what his granny called—the magic canoe. “Build a canoe and it will be supernatural and no matter how many people will come aboard to help you paddle to save your place of birth, it will never be full.” Raincoast is one of the many organizations who stepped into the magic canoe to support and learn from the traditional knowledge systems of the Xenaksiala…

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A picture is worth 1000 words, but not at any price

Grizzly bear in the water, in the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2019.07.13 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in For the coast

As critical as these images are, we are committed to using only images that are ethically obtained. These considerations are informed by our own conservation ethics and what we learn along the way. The points below are those from a code of conduct, given to us by Brad Hill and available in full on Brad’s website…

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Salish Sea Emerging Stewards celebration

Kloey and her mom, Vernadean, from Cowichan Secondary, SD79, in Duncan.

Published on 2019.07.12 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in For the coast

We recently closed our third season of Raincoast’s Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program with a new addition to the program – an event to connect, reflect and celebrate our precious coastline. People of all ages and backgrounds joined in the festivities as graduates of the 2018 season had the opportunity to take the stage and share their experiences and perspectives from the program…

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Approval of Trans Mountain expansion puts Fraser River salmon and Salish Sea estuaries at risk

Salmon circle on the rocky bottom of the Fraser River.

Published on 2019.07.09 | by Misty MacDuffee, Dave Scott, & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

The Fraser River in British Columbia remains one of the world’s most productive salmon rivers. Equally significant is the Fraser River’s estuary, which serves as vital habitat for fish, bird, and mammal species that are linked across thousands of kilometers of the Northeast Pacific Ocean. All Fraser River populations of salmon…

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A first grizzly bear in the Kitlope

A stunning field of Lupin is framed by the epic mountains of the Kitlope.

Published on 2019.07.05 | by Alex Harris, Communications Associate | in For the coast

Just days before being asked to go on a last-minute week-long trip to the Kitlope I had been glued to the pages of Cecil Paul and Briony Penn’s new book, Stories From the Magic Canoe. I was invited to visit as a guest aboard Maple Leaf, to capture visuals, to help with fundraising and awareness […]

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Maple Leaf’s commitment to coastal conservation

Aerial view of Maple Leaf in the Kitlope on emerald green water.

Published on 2019.07.02 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in For the coast

2019 marks the second year of a decade-long $100,000 commitment from Maple Leaf Adventures to our research and conservation efforts on the BC Coast and, in particular, the Great Bear Rainforest. As the spring field program for Raincoast’s Salmon Carnivore program comes to an end…

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Ecological legacy of coastal B.C. hangs in the balance

A Humpback whale fin is visible above the surface of the ocean.

Published on 2019.05.31 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

One hundred years ago, whaling largely extirpated humpback and fin whales from the inside waters of the B.C. coast. As the federal government looks to codify a 35-year moratorium on oil-tanker traffic into law, these whale populations are recovering and returning to their historic feeding grounds…

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Back to the Kitlope

Cecil Paul and Brian Falconer sit on a river bank speaking about the Kitlope.

Published on 2019.05.21 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in For the coast

While Kitlope is protected from logging, and the current ban protects grizzly bears from hunting, there remains unfinished business in the Kitlope. Until now, commercial guides have been bringing trophy hunters into this place…

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