Salish Sea

Raincoast scientist in grey t shirt and off white cargo pants stands on a bank of grass by the Fraser River estuary holding onto a blue net with orange balls spaced out on top, tied to a tall pole under blue skies.

Year five in the Fraser River Estuary

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, our research and restoration efforts in the Fraser River Estuary continued through 2020.

Now in year five, this work is helping us understand how the estuary supports millions of juvenile salmon in its different habitats …

A rainbow is created by the exhalation of a killer whale breaking through the water.

Southern Residents and recovery

Reversing, or even slowing, our systemic unsustainable human footprint on a time scale relevant to dwindling wildlife populations is a challenge.

Raincoast’s approach to recovering Southern Resident killer whales stands on two primary tenets. First is to hold the …

A small brown bird with a sharp black beak sits among the branches in a forest on Pender Island

Today is Giving Tuesday

Today is ‘Giving Tuesday’ – a global generosity movement celebrating the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world.

One week into the fundraising campaign for the S,DÁYES Flycatcher Forest, we have collectively raised over $62,000 …

A beautiful boat Achiever is seen center photo with its white sail up, on dark blue ocean under bright blue sky

Achiever, our research vessel

Our dedicated research vessel, Achiever, is a key part of the Raincoast team – enabling us to conduct research, visit commercial hunting tenures we’ve acquired and allow us to engage with the emerging stewards through our youth education program.

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Achiever, sailboat research vessel is seen with white sail unfurled in blue water under bright blue skies, with a youth in winter gear visible partially in the foreground.

Youth education during COVID

While youth education looks different during COVID, our Salish Sea Emerging Stewards program was still able to work with W̱SÁNEĆ youth aboard our research vessel Achiever earlier this month.

With community members guiding learning, we toured the territories of WSANEC …

Salmon pictured underwater in murky green

Raincoast in the Watersheds 2020 forum

Today and tomorrow Raincoast is participating in the Watersheds 2020 forum.

Watersheds is a virtual gathering that brings together a diverse community of water leaders, including Indigenous Nations, watershed groups, local and provincial government staff, funders, scholars and researchers, practitioners …

A scientist in a checked shirt and pale pink hat, carrying a backpack looks up at the trees inside the forest with a measuring device.

Gulf Islands Forest Project

Raincoast’s Gulf Islands Forest Project is focused on addressing biodiversity loss, climate change and other human caused impacts on Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) habitats.

Unique to the south coast of British Columbia, CDF ecosystems are characterized by Coastal Douglas-fir trees as …

Orca whale in bright green ocean spouting water out of it's blowhole.

Upcoming online panel discussion Spirits of the Coast

On Wednesday July 22nd at 6pm, join us for an online panel discussion bringing together contributors from the book, Spirits of the Coast.

Hear from Jess Housty (@Jesshousty), Nikki Iyolo Sanchez (@Nikkilaes), Misty MacDuffee (@Mistymacduffee) and Eric Mazimpaka (@Ericmazimpaka), as …

Underwater bright green reeds and a salmon exploring under them

Protecting the Stó:lō

Stó:lō, Dakelh, Lhtakoh, ?Elhdaqox. A river of such length has an equally long history. Long before the river’s current namesake explorer, Simon Fraser, ever arrived, Indigenous communities were shaped and were shaped by the river, of various names, and its …

Close up of orca whale, black and white head and body and front fins visible in clear green water

Recovery efforts for resident orcas

In 2019, we saw the most significant threat reduction measures the Canadian government has taken to date to support recovery of Southern Resident killer whales.

Our engagement with federal departments helped establish five technical working groups that focus on specific …

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