8 More Glass Sponge Reef Refuges Created in Howe Sound

WE DID IT – THE GLASS SPONGE REEFS IN HOWE SOUND ARE PROTECTED!! March 6, 2019: Marine Life Sanctuaries Society and the Underwater Council of British Columbia are incredibly pleased and proud to learn that our hard work, dedication and commitment to protect the delicate glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound has come to fruition…

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…

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…

BioBlitz at Fort Rodd Hill a Blast!

Parks Canada hosted the first-ever Parks Canada BioBlitz at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site on May 23, 2015 and MLSS was invited as one of the collaborating organizations! There were 113 people who volunteered for the BioBlitz, 45 of which were experts, including those from MLSS. The Beach Interpretation Program (BIP)…

BC divers contribute to north coast marine planning

A recent report by Gary Marcuse and Paul Sim of the Underwater Council of British Columbia (UCBC), summarizes contributions from the BC diving community towards marine planning for the North coast. Nearly two hundred dive sites are now part of the BC and commission’s databases and can be seen on an interactive website at Living…

Sound Seal of Approval awarded to Glen Dennison

This fall, the Lions Bay Community News awarded MLSS director Glen Dennison their Sound Seal of Approval for his dedicated work as a citizen scientist mapping out glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound. Congratulations Glen!

Great day with Squamish Nation & Suzuki Foundation

On Saturday Nov 8, 2014 MLSS put on a Beach Interpretation Program (BIP) in Porteau Cove, in collaboration with Squamish Nation and the David Suzuki Foundation. The event was a huge success and gave members from the local community a chance to come out and see some of the incredible marine life in Howe Sound….

Voluntary Fishing Closures for Sponge Reefs!

An alliance of non-profit organizations, MLSS among them, is working closely with the fishing industry and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to establish protection for glass sponge reefs in Georgia Straight and Howe Sound. There are 9 areas listed for voluntary protection in the interim, while negotiations move forward to provide more stable protection…

Impressive Cloud Sponge Reef discovered in Howe Sound!

Recently MLSS directors Glen Dennison and Beau Doherty identified a new glass sponge reef in Howe Sound, using a drop-camera. This sponge reef is one of several reefs that have been identified by Glen Dennison and MLSS in the Howe Sound area. Visit our sponge research page to learn more! Check out this article “Bowyer…