The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (BRI)

The Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative (BRI), lead by Ruth Simons, is one step closer to shedding parts of the region’s industrial past in exchange for an environmentally friendly and sustainable approach to economic growth. On October 18, Metro Vancouver’s Climate Action Committee voted unanimously to back the Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative. Read more …. https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/canada/howe-sound-unesco-biosphere-initiative-one-step-closer-to-reality/ar-AAJ2fyG…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…