Pacific Wild works to defend wildlife in the northern portion of the Pacific coast of Canada, also known as the Great Bear Rainforest. Bounded by Bute Inlet to the south and the Alaskan panhandle to the north, this region contains a significant portion of the world’s remaining intact temperate rainforest, one of the rarest forest types on the planet. Today, this rainforest ecosystem is threatened by the lack of an ecosystem-based approach to land and ocean management including threats by fossil fuel shipments, unsustainable fisheries, net-pen salmon farms, ocean warming and acidification. Your support, ideas and actions can help to protect the future of wildlife and habitat in the Great Bear.
Explore our campaigns in each of these realms to learn about Pacific Wild’s conservation efforts.
The B.C. Wolf Management Plan fails to protect wolves or recognize them as top predators that contribute to ecosystem function and maintenance. B.C. and Alberta’s wolf cull program is arguably the most ecologically, economically, and ethically offensive element of government’s approach to wolf management. Our goal is to stop government supported wolf kill programs and ensure that wolves have adequate habitat to continue their critical role as a keystone species.
Wolves are still legally persecuted throughout B.C. There are no protected areas large enough set aside for wolves to fulfill their roles as apex predators, or to live out their lives as highly intelligent, social animals.
Canada has the longest coastline in the world, yet only a tiny fraction of our ocean territory is strongly protected. The Great Bear Rainforest and its inhabitants are fed by the ocean - and it needs protection too.
Our federal government has committed to protecting 10% of marine and coastal areas by 2020, but much of this area will still be under threat from exploitation. Strong marine protection and Indigenous governance are needed to protect marine life from overexploitation and damage. Join us to help protect the future of one of the most spectacular ecosystems on Earth.
What does marine protection mean to you?
Pacific herring are a small, schooling forage fish that North Pacific coast peoples have relied on for thousands of years. Herring is a foundation of our marine food web, but many stocks in B.C. were wiped out by past overfishing, and those few populations that remain are still at risk.
Pacific Wild supports coastal communities in raising public awareness about current threats to Pacific herring stocks.
The northern BC coast is still at risk from large fossil fuel shipments using the Inside Passage, including a new LNG tanker route. There is no real way to mitigate the risk or the damage caused by a large spill of any product in such an ecologically sensitive region.
Despite a new law proposed by the federal government that aims to reduce oil tanker traffic in B.C.’s vulnerable Inside Passage, the B.C. coast is still at risk from devastating spills, acoustic pollution, and other impacts from industrial shipping.
Wild salmon are the foundation of the Great Bear Rainforest ecosystem. Wild salmon stocks must be protected and allowed to rebuild through action on climate change, habitat protection and restoration, pollution control, and better regulation of salmon aquaculture and fisheries.
Wild salmon are under direct threat from current government policies: lack of monitoring of our wild salmon stocks is only getting worse, and commercial fisheries in many areas remain open despite record-low returns.
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