Research & Reports

The Haíłzaqv (Heiltsuk) First Nation live along the border of land and sea in the Great Bear Rainforest, photo by Ian McAllister for Pacific Wild

Tide turning on marine co-governance in Canada

August 8, 2018 Cooperative actions to explore and protect the deep sea Perhaps the best-known examples of cooperative marine governance agreements in Canada are in Haida territories on the north Pacific coast, where the exciting deep sea Northeast ... Read More

Canadians are invited to share their views on program and policy options for a revised Fisheries Act.

Research & ReportsAug 19, 2017

Canadians are invited to share their views on program and policy options for a revised Fisheries Act. Have your say until August 28, 2017. Click here to share your views and let the government know why Fish Habitat and Ocean Protection is important ... Read More

June is Orca Awareness Month

Research & ReportsJun 13, 2017

June 2017 is Orca Awareness Month - let's get to know them better! Do you know the difference between resident and transient orcas? Don’t feel bad if you don’t as researchers only discovered this distinction in the late 1980s. Their diet, morphology ... Read More

Humpback whales feed in the Great Bear Sea, photo by Ian McAllister

Whale Wave

Research & ReportsMar 15, 2017

With respect to the Gitga'at Nation and their colleagues and partners who for many years have worked with dedication to better understand the world of whales in the Great Bear Sea this latest study shines a bright light on one of Canada's greatest ... Read More


Research & ReportsJan 13, 2016

In November 2015, Prime Minister Trudeau publicly gave Ministers in his Cabinet a mandate to formalize an oil tanker moratorium on the north coast of British Columbia. West Coast Environmental Law has been an outspoken advocate for a legislated oil tanker prohibition on the Pacific north coast for many years, and we have been getting a lot of questions about this issue and its possible implications. This backgrounder addresses many of the frequently asked questions.Read More

Witnessing extinction – Cumulative impacts across landscapes and the future loss of an evolutionarily significant unit of woodland caribou in Canada

Research & ReportsMar 10, 2015

Habitat change is a major driver of species distribution and persistence, but there have been few recorded extinction events for terrestrial mammals across Canada. Currently, we are observing the decline, extirpation, and perhaps extinction of several evolutionarily significant units of woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou), an iconic and cultural keystone species.Read More

Alexandra Morton: Canada is changing its laws for dirty salmon

On the January 10, 2015, hurricane-force winds hit the coast of Norway. Over 100,000 farm fish escaped during the storm, including 63,000 North American steelhead. Sport fishermen, furious that these foreign fish were teeming through the fjords near ... Read More

Fighting Over Herring- the Little Fish that Feed Multitudes

Research & ReportsFeb 12, 2015

The Pacific herring—an oily, silvery, schooling fish—is rarely high on the list of marine animals people fret about. But for the second straight year, the Canadian government has ignited a skirmish in British Columbia by moving to let fishing nets ... Read More

Gulls switch to trash-diet as fish stocks run low

Research & ReportsNov 11, 2014

Gulls tucking in to discarded food or flocking around landfills has become a familiar sight. Now data spanning 149 years has shown that substituting fish for less nutritious food is linked to population declines and lower fertility in glaucous- ... Read More

B.C. Wolf Management Plan 2014

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The Grey Wolf (Canis lupus; hereafter wolf) was designated as Not at Risk by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) because it has a widespread, large population with no evidence of decline over the ... Read More