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We found that when black bears have access to four salmon species, they consume ~3x more salmon each year (Figure A)... than they do when there is one big run of equal biomass comprised of only one salmon species (Figure B).

Bear-salmon interactions: species diversity matters (infographic)

Managing salmon for wildlife typically focuses on providing enough biomass, a measurement of the total kilograms of spawning salmon available. We asked whether biomass-and the number of salmon species-might affect salmon consumption by black bears in coastal BC, a measure that strongly relates to population productivity and health. Biomass actually did not matter to salmon …

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Looking up through green blades of grass, which are in the water, at a woman in an orange vest holding a line out into the water and looking at a device in her hand. The sky is blue and cloudy.

International Women’s Day

From the original Raincoast scientist – Misty MacDuffy – to the majority of our lab team @universityofvictoria and board members – Maureen Gordon and JJ Woodland – women continue to play a leading role in every aspect of our work. Science and conservation certainly have room for more gender balance.

The blue ocean with an orca. The orca's dorsal fin and head are just visible above the water.

National Energy Board Approval of Trans Mountain Proposal

Today’s recommendation by the National Energy Board for approval of the Trans Mountain tanker and pipeline proposal was no surprise. Unfortunately no mitigation measures can protect the Southern Residents from the noise of the increased tanker traffic. The Canadian government have already bought the pipeline. If the cost also includes the extinction of the Southern …

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Achiever rests in the quiet of the Great Bear Rainforest coast.

Tracking Raincoast into 2019 | Raincoast Conservation Foundation

Read Tracking Raincoast into 2019 online . You can also download Tracking Raincoast into 2019 and share with friends. This past summer, the world’s attention was focused on the critically endangered Southern Resident killer whale population that inhabits the Salish Sea and its outside coastal waters. Tahlequah (J35) carried her dead calf for more than two weeks in a …

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A map of the Nadeea tenure with logos by Raincoast Conservation Foundation and Central Coast First Nations.

We did it! Fundraising for the Nadeea tenure is complete

Yesterday was the day of reckoning. With online donations, cheques arriving in the mail, and match funding in place, we can now confirm that we’ve finally met our fundraising goal of $500,000! In the coming weeks we will formally complete our purchase of the Nadeea hunting tenure, and another 2,350 square kilometres of the Great …

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David Scott holds a salmon fry out for us to see, on the Fraser River estuary.

Field season for the Fraser River Estuary Connectivity project was five months long

Our 2018 field season for the Fraser River Estuary Connectivity project was five months long, with 76 days in the field and more than 35,000 fish sampled, including over 6,400 juvenile salmon. The estuary is an incredibly beautiful setting that we never take for granted, where the herons, bald eagles, seals and seal lions are …

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Aerial photogragh of a part or Fraser River, dark blue water meandering through brown and white lands and islands with mountain range in the background

The Heart of the Fraser

The Heart of the Fraser. The vital stretch of the river between Mission and Hope, less than two hours drive from Vancouver, provides prime spawning habitat for salmon…

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