Reefs and Rockfish Protection

The MLSS, Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, is focused on protecting unique marine reefs and underwater environments.

Larval Settlement Project and Volunteer Divers 2020 by Sheila Byers

Larvae of the cloud sponge, Aphrocallistes vastus, the key reef-building species in Howe Sound (partnered with the fingered goblet sponge, Heterochone calyx), are known to disperse and mix genetically across the sponge reefs in the Salish Sea. But where are these larvae? Not only are the larvae microscopic and difficult to see or find, little…

Sharks in Vancouver Harbour

Sharks in Vancouver Harbour By Glen Dennison Infrequently, divers in Howe Sound were reporting encounters with the Bluntnose Sixgill Shark (Hexanchus griseus). Several of our dive team members had seen one. So, the question kept coming up, were these transient sharks transiting from Puget Sound? We understood that studies from the Seattle Aquarium had found…

MLSS Statement of Achievements

MLSS Howe Sound Statement of Achievements Dec 7, 2020 Recent narratives in the media whether directly, by omission or association, have failed to portray the significant role that MLSS has played in leading Citizen Science efforts to protect the glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound. Over the past several decades, MLSS discovered, mapped and protected…

Ground-truthing Glass Sponge Reefs from the CCGS Vector

On May 27, 2019 an early morning ride on BC Ferries from Horseshoe Bay to Langdale quickly found me on the Sunshine Coast heading for nearby Hopkins Landing. A Coast Guard zodiac with the Chief Research Scientist from DFO Habitat Ecology Program, Dr Anya Dunham, was at the dock waiting for several of us to…

Oceans Day – June 8, 2019

Oceans Day June 8, 2019 The MLSS set up a display for the DFO researchers at PSEC (Pacific Science Enterprise Centre, West Vancouver), Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, MP for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, other scientists and guests. Directors Glen Dennison, Adam Taylor and student Mikalyn Trinca Colonel attended the…

Exploring the World Below: A Dive in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park

Exploring the World Below:  A Dive in Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park By Lora McAuley, Subsea Society of Howe Sound – October 27, 2018 It was like a mini-vacation, diving above a city of clouds. Upon submersion, I felt the cool relief of Howe Sound washing away the heat of an unusually warm autumn sun. Megan, Glen…

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