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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 […]

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Inspiring the next generation of Salish Sea stewards

A youth participant of the Salish Sea Emerging Stewardship program has a solo sit at Monarch head for reflection and mindfulness.

Published on 2018.08.13 | by Maureen Vo, Education and Development Coordinator | in For the coast

In 2016, Raincoast launched the Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program, taking youth on a journey through marine and terrestrial environments. The impacts and importance of this program for youth is quickly gaining…

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Endangered killer whales still await real action

L92 comes to the surface to get a better look around; spyhop.

Published on 2018.07.10 | by Misty MacDuffee & Jeffery Young | in For the coast

The imminent threats to the survival of these whales require the federal government to take immediate action to reduce those threats, not ramp them up. The federal government already faces one killer-whale lawsuit for approving the Trans Mountain project and violating the Species at Risk Act…

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Trans Mountain is now Taxpayer Mountain

Transmountain, or Taxpayer Mountain

Published on 2018.06.12 | by Chris Genovali, Executive Director | in For the coast

The Canadian federal government’s purchase of the Trans Mountain project from Kinder Morgan is financially and environmentally dubious. With this decision, Trans Mountain should now be renamed Taxpayer Mountain…

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Trans Mountain expansion poses unacceptable risk to Salish Sea

A tug lines up beside a massive oil tanker.

Published on 2018.04.26 | by Chris Genovali, Misty MacDuffee & Paul Paquet | in For the coast

Is Canada’s national interest best aligned with a Texas pipeline company? The suggestion of bailing out U.S.-based Kinder Morgan and investing tax dollars to access public assets in a sunset industry, while momentous questions of Canadian law are still before the courts, is nothing short of absurd…

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New study casts doubt on scientific basis of wildlife management in North America, offers a way forward

Wolf stands in the intertidal zone amidst the rock and seaweed, looking at the photographer, Kyle Artelle.

Published on 2018.03.07 | by Kyle Artelle, PhD | in For the coast

A new study, “Hallmarks of science missing from North American wildlife management”, released today in the AAAS Open Access journal Science Advances, identified four key hallmarks expected of science-based management: clear objectives, use of evidence, transparency and external review. Combined, these hallmarks provide the checks and balances that give rigour to science-based approaches…

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