Brigade Reef Rockfish Conservation Area (RCA) Project

Howe Sound Rockfish Seek Protection Rockfish Conservation Area status vital for Brigade Reef. By Bridget John – November 28, 2018 170 years old, is the age some rockfish species live to, including the dwindling populations in our backyard, the Howe Sound/Atl’kitsem. The Underwater Council for British Columbia (UCBC), is requesting the DFO to move the Brigade Reef…

Aquatica Submarines Blue Hole Expedition!

Set your DVRs!  Our friends at Aquatica Submarines is in Belize exploring the famous Great Blue Hole as part of an exciting scientific expedition with Discovery Channel, along with special guests Sir Richard Branson, Fabien Cousteau, and Ocean Learning Center.  This 2- hour Discovery Channel feature on the Aquatica Submarines Blue Hole Expedition will be…

Salt Spring Island Ales Mussel Stout Release Party

The Release Party was a huge success! A big thank you to the team at Salt Spring Island Ales who made all of this possible and the community on Salt Spring that came together for the event. Check out your local store to get your own bottle of SSIA Chocolate Mussel Stout! Proceeds go towards…

Exciting News From DFO for MLSS and Howe Sound

DFO Ecosystems Approach Officer, Aleria Ladwig, made an important announcement on Friday (September 21, 2017) to fisheries stakeholders for which MLSS has been waiting with great anticipation!! DFO has determined that the 13 glass sponge reefs discovered in Howe Sound by MLSS and partners between 1996 and 2015 are sufficiently biologically significant to warrant a…

Guardian of the Reef

The Marine Life Sanctuary Society recognizes the value of the placement of this underwater sculpture to promote the preservation of our vital Marine Environment and supports Salt Spring Island sculptor Simon Morris in his efforts to place his sculpture “The Guardian of the Reef” in a location in Howe Sound. http://www.guardianofthereef.com  

Glass Sponge Temperature Monitoring Updates

May 7, 2017 MLSS divers, Glen Dennison and Viviana Lee, recovered and replaced the temperature logger installed for long-term monitoring on the artificial reef, HMCS Annapolis, in Halkett Bay. The logger is mounted on the ship at a depth of 23 m (75 ft) with this period of data extending from August 6, 2016 to…

Glass Sponge Larval Settlement Study 2016-2018

MLSS launched a field-based experiment funded by DFO to study settlement (recruitment) of larval glass sponges and other sessile biota (algae and animals) within the Halkett sponge reef ecosystem. With DFO scientists, MLSS designed and built artificial ‘larval settlement trees’ to emulate the live glass sponges within the reef. MLSS divers installed the trees on…

Party Above the Clouds

UCBC & MLSS are partnering up to host a diver’s social event at the Maritime Museum on June 2nd! The evening will include several brief talks focused on the expansion of Halkett Bay Marine Park and the protection of the glass sponge bioherm that it encompasses. This is your chance to learn about citizen science…