skip to main content

For the coast

Diversity of salmon species a necessary metric to understanding how bears feed

A black bear on the left is standing on large mossy rocks. There is a stream with a small water fall the right, and a salmon is jumping out of the water in the direction of the bear. The bear has its left paw extended. It looks like a sunny day, although the sky is not in the photo.

Published on 2019.03.19 | by Christina Service, Raincoast Applied Conservation Lab | in For the coast

Salmon biomass is a measure of the total kilograms of spawning salmon. Many who are in the role of implementing conservation strategies and policies think that when it comes to bears, or terrestrial wildlife, more salmon biomass simply means more eating. However, our recent research published…

Read more

Provincial Wild Salmon Secretariat needs a focus on habitat

A salmon swims in to the current on the bottom of the Lower Fraser river: closeup of a salmon nose.

Published on 2019.02.19 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

In order to recover and sustainably manage depleted wild salmon populations, place-based management and the restoration of salmon watersheds is the best way forward given the changing environmental conditions that confront these fish and the value that British Columbians place on them.

Read more

Canada should rethink unproven, dangerous chemical ‘cleanup’ of marine oil spills

J50 and J42 in the Salish Sea.

Published on 2019.01.07 | by Kate Logan & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

As noted, Corexit can also be toxic to wildlife. For some species, such as herring embryos, toxicity occurs because Corexit does what it was designed to do: increase the concentration of petroleum hydrocarbons in the water column. However, there is also a growing body of research, much of it conducted in response to the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010…

Read more

Friday is the last day to make a bid in our online auction

Ilona Mihalik stands in front of an epic Grizzly bear photo as part of the One Shot for Coastal Carnivores exhibit.

Published on 2018.12.11 | by Ross Dixon, Communications & Development Director | in For the coast

You can still support the campaign and keep a memento through the purchase of a limited edition print and you have until Friday at 6pm to make your bid…

Read more

On the brink of campaign success – New $50,000 match funding

A Grizzly bear rests on the shores of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Published on 2018.12.04 | by Brian Falconer, Guide Outfitter Coordinator | in For the coast

From community events to marathon runners, grizzly bath bombs to grizzly bars, so many people have stepped up to support our efforts in partnership with Coastal First Nations. Each dollar you donate will now be doubled. Help us make 2018 a year to remember…

Read more

Maxing out to protect coastal carnivores

Gio runs on the treadmill with a CO2 mask testing his oxygen uptake.

Published on 2018.11.26 | by Giordano Corlazzoli | in For the coast

Hello again! If you read my first post from back in July, you’ll remember that I planned to run the length of the Island from Port Hardy to Victoria that summer. Due to several reasons, such as various injuries and a few issues regarding travel, I was not able to start my run as planned. […]

Read more

Southern Resident killer whales are on the precipice

Published on 2018.11.21 | by Misty MacDuffee, Wild Salmon Program Director & Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

The federal government recently announced its refusal to issue an emergency order, despite the Minister of Environment and Climate Change and the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans’ recommendation to do so. Although we commend the ministers for recommending an emergency order be used, we are deeply disappointed that Cabinet rejected what we believe to be the best available tool to recover these whales…

Read more

Proceeds from guidebook to go towards protecting wolves and other large carnivores

The cover of Cape Scott and the North Coast Trail, with a trail photo in the background.

Published on 2018.09.28 | by Maria I. Bremner | in For the coast

When I first visited Cape Scott Provincial Park (now almost 2 decades ago!), I scratched the surface of something incredible. Over time, it called me back again and again. It wasn’t any one thing that I found that I was looking for. It was more the feeling of the place, like a drum beat deep […]

Read more

Of coastal carnivores and conservation

A juvenile Grizzly bear (Ursus arctos) rests between mussel-munching sessions.

Published on 2018.09.12 | by Lauren Eckert, Raincoast Research Fellow | in For the coast

It’s a misty, bracing morning on the banks of the Koeye River. Before long, the summer sun will rise to burn off the fog and reveal a world dazzling in shades of greens, blues, and sandy beige, and buzzing with biodiversity. But in these soft, quiet morning hours, a different shade of gold slinks along […]

Read more

B.C.’s approach to wildlife management needs major ethical reform

A bighorn sheep close up on face and eye.

Published on 2018.08.31 | by Kyle Artelle, Paul Paquet, Faisal Moola, Chris Genovali, & Chris Darimont | in For the coast

British Columbia has begun an ambitious effort to review the province’s approach to managing wildlife, with $14 million committed so far. The Province’s interest in reform is encouraging. As explained in a letter we recently published in the journal Science…

Read more

Killer Whales versus Trans Mountain pipeline – decision time

J50/Scarlet and her mother, J16/Slick, travel toward the west side of San Juan Island, Washington.

Published on 2018.08.29 | by Raincoast | in For the coast

We requested the court send this unlawful approval back to Cabinet with instructions that it must meet all of the legal requirements, which include addressing the risks to Southern Resident killer whales. The court ruling is due Thursday…

Read more

Wild Salmon, Pipelines and the Trans Mountain Expansion

A quiet sunny day on the The Fraser River.

Published on 2018.08.27 | by Misty MacDuffee, Dave Scott, & Chris Genovali | in For the coast

As the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population continues to struggle from the combined forces of noise, pollution and food (i.e. Chinook) availability, Raincoast Conservation Foundation has released a report that highlights the risks posed to wild salmon in the Lower Fraser River from an expanded Trans Mountain pipeline…

Read more