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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…