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…

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…

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…

PADI Bioherm Sponge Diver Distinctive Specialty

Exciting news!! Be one of the first divers to become certified for the Bioherm Sponge Speciality Program! There is limited space in the upcoming launch of the program. In partnership with MLSS and UCBC (Underwater Council of British Columbia), Ocean Quest Dive Centre is now offering this Specialty Program as an introduction to diving sensitive…

MLSS Assists Aquatica with Stingray 500 ‘Manned’ Test Certification

Glen Dennison, MLSS Director, and Kelsey Dennison on the Skyliner, assisted the Aquatica Submarine team with their final Stingray certification as a ‘manned’ submersible. Aquatica was also filming for a Discovery Channel news story. The Stingray 500 was taken to a depth of 255 ft near Passage Island in Howe Sound. Glen was very impressed…

MLSS Temperature Probe on HMCS Annapolis Retrieved

MLSS Director Glen Dennison and Vancouver Aquarium marine biologist Laura Borden recovered and redeployed the temperature logger that had been installed on the HMCS Annapolis artificial reef in Halkett Bay. The ship was deployed by the Artificial Reef Society of BC in 2015. The logger was in good condition and was reset back into the exact…

Help us check in on rockfish

Hello all rockfish enthusiasts, As part of a research project with UVIC’s School of Environmental Studies and the Galiano Conservancy Association, we have a created an online Rockfish Conservation Survey for recreational fishers. The purpose of this research project is to assess the levels of recreational fisher compliance and awareness of Rockfish Conservation Areas in…