Lost Reef Bioherm temperature update

The dive team of Scott Meixner, Julian Goss, Kim Ansell and Cam Jackson, recovered and reinstalled the Lost Reef bioherm temperature logger. The underwater visibility was approaching 45 feet and  ocean current were low making for good diving conditions. The maximum depths of the divers was about 110 feet, with above average nature lighting conditions…

Kelvin Grove glass sponges at risk from damage by fishing gear

May 23 2015, in the early morning a commercial prawn fishing vessel deployed a longline set of prawn traps over the Kelvin Grove sponge bioherm near Lions Bay. Drop camera footage (see video above) has documented high abundance of glass sponges in this area, with some large sponges likely over a metre tall. The sponge…

Temperatures at Lions Bay sea mount

Saturday August 1st   Floating over the  Lions Bay sea mount, oceanographic biologist Lena Clayton and MLSS director Glen Dennison prepare to drop a temperature probe 415 feet down to the base of the Lions Bay sea-mount. The probe is rigged with an auto-release unit (AR unit) programmed to return the instrument package to the…

Defence Island Bioherm Dive – May 31, 2015

On May 31, 2015 Roy Mulder (MLSS president), Glen Dennison (MLSS director), Adam Taylor (UCBC president & MLSS director) and photographer Diane Reid dove on the Defence Island Bioherm to take photographs for the Vancouver Aquarium sponge research program. In support, were helmsman Alex Askew and divers Dave Park and Paul Sim. The crew was…