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…

A View Underwater on Aquatica’s Stingray Submersible

For years, I have been meticulously mapping and filming glass sponge bioherms from the surface of Howe Sound using a drop camera designed and built by  Glen Dennison, MLSS Director. Days were spent to create a high resolution bathymetric map for the site of interest. Then hours to drift across the surface with Glen’s drop…

An Evening for Howe Sound Gala

On March 4th, Marine Life Sanctuaries Society held an Evening for Howe Sound Gala at the beautiful Lions Bay home of Ruth Simons. The evening was a great success and we raised  $ 11,500 towards the protection of marine life of Howe Sound! Supporters from all over the Lower Mainland and Sea-to-Sky region attended to…