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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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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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