Marine mammals

British Columbia’s coastline is 900 kilometres as the crow flies, but includes over 27,000 kilometers of archipelago, inlets, islands and fjords. This geography fosters a spectacular diversity of life but also makes it vulnerable to a variety of threats, from oil spills to increasing industrialization. Our marine conservation program aims to protect marine mammals, marine birds and their habitats.

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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Pacific white-sided dolphins swim alongside a killer whale, as seen from the air.

Pacific white-sided dolphins hanging around with resident killer whales

We all need friends.  If you’re a Pacific white-sided dolphin that might include your resident buddies. Scientists with Ocean Wise have documented the dolphins hanging around resident (and fish eating) killer whales. Expert Lance Barrett-Lennard suggests they might be enjoying the fact that residents don’t mix with (mammal eating) transients, so they may benefit from their protective …

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Southern Resident killer whales swim by in the Salish Sea.

Lucky is the new calf born to the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population

This is not Lucky. Lucky is the new calf born to the endangered Southern Resident killer whale population! Confirmed today by the Center for Whale Research the calf – designated L124 and born to L77 – has been named Lucky. The recovery of this population is a major focus of our work @raincoastconservation. Through 2019 we will be …

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Misty MacDuffee with Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On the Coast

Misty MacDuffee with Gloria Macarenko on CBC’s On the Coast

“This win follows years of effort by Raincoast scientists compiling, discussing, and refining detailed legal and scientific arguments. We salute our lawyers at Ecojustice for their brilliant work on this monumental case. We congratulate our co-plaintiffs at Living Oceans on a job well done. And to you, our supporters, we extend our gratitude and appreciation.”

J16 and J26 on a smokey day in the Salish Sea.

Backgrounder: Emergency order under the Species at Risk Act

In May, the federal government concluded Southern Resident killer whales face imminent threats to their survival and recovery, requiring a response under the Species at Risk Act. Five organizations — the David Suzuki Foundation, Georgia Strait Alliance, the Natural Resources Defence Council, Raincoast Conservation Foundation and WWF Canada — petitioned the minister of fisheries and …

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J50 swims toward San Juan Island. Photo by NOAA.

Fisheries closures needed for killer whales | Raincoast Conservation Foundation

We have been working with partners to compel emergency action from the federal government and, given the dire situation that has unfolded over the last few weeks, we are now asking that they go further than the measures we have previously called for. Source: Fisheries closures needed for killer whales | Raincoast Conservation Foundation Fisheries …

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A painting that looks like a photograph of two orca whales almost hugging half out of the water

Help us save the whales

This week we published new research that shows a 25% chance that the Southern Resident killer whales could be lost within the next 100 years. Lost forever. We also identified what their recovery…

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