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…

Aquatica Hull Pressure Test

 April 20, 2016 In a cooperative venture, MLSS personal assisted Aquatica Submarines Ltd in pressure testing their hull in Howe Sound. The day started windy but dropped to perfect calm and sunny conditions for testing. With a backdrop of snow capped mountains a large crane lifted the sub high into the air in preparation for…

Aquatica Submarines Celebrates Launch of Stingray 500

MLSS Directors participated in Aquatica Submarines’ media launch of the Stingray 500 manned submersible. Over 300 people were in attendance. MLSS, along with eight other sponsors, set up a table display with video and posters help Aquatic celebrate the occasion. Good food, good conversation and a good time was had by all! In April, Glen…

Halkett Bay Provincial Marine Park Expansion

Mary Polak, Environment Minister: B.C.’s Howe Sound is the only place in the world where a glass sponge reef can be safely studied by scientists. The extension of Halkett Bay Marine Park protects and preserves this international treasure.” Jordan Sturdy, Parliamentary Secretary for Energy Literacy and the Environment for the Minister of Environment, and MLA…

Letter: Citizen scientists’ behind reef preservation effort

An article that was published in the North Shore News on April 15, 2016, was entitled Prehistoric glass sponge reefs preserved, Scientists hail province’s move to protect ‘Jurassic Park submerged’. Stephen Foster of The David Suzuki Foundation provided a rebuttal opinion to the article on May 4, 2016. In David’s opinion, MLSS Director Glen Dennison…

First Exploration of Anvil Island bioherm

April 30th 2016 The first ever diver exploration on the Anvil Island giant sponge bioherm was completed.  Divers Hamish Tweed and Chris Straub dropped an amazing 255 feet onto the top of the sponge reef and recorded about 10 minutes of video at the site. The day was sunny and calm at the site with a…

Mother’s Day Bio Blitz in Stanley Park

  If you are around the Vancouver area, we invite you to come explore the wild side of Vancouver on May 8th, and join us for a Community Bioblitz at Stanley Park! The goal of a BioBlitz is to find and identify as many different organisms as possible. Join experienced naturalists to learn about our…

Halkett Bioherm Temperature update

Sunday April 3 2016, we completed a successful dive on the Halkett bioherm and recovered the temperature logger. Dive conditions were a bit tough with strong currents and poor vis to 80ft. Here is what the temperatures were doing down in the Halkett bioherm from last July 12 2015 – April 3 2016 Looks like…

Nature Wild Magazine and Cloud Sponges

MLSS offered a Beach Interpretation Program at Porteau Cove BC for the Eastern Fraser Valley Young Naturalists Club, one of about 60 clubs throughout BC. The umbrella society for these clubs NatureKids of BC (previously The YNC, Young Naturalists’ Club of BC) puts out an awesome magazine called NatureWILD. The issue this month features a great article…

HMCS Annapolis temperature monitor

Glen Dennison has installed a temperature logger on the Annapolis artificial reef. The unit is located on the port side hand rail at about 75 feet down. Please see the video below for an idea of placement. The temperature samples are taken at intervals of 240 minutes, delayed starting to 12:01 hours on Dec 13, 2015.  This gave…