Halloween Sponge and UBC Students

Halloween day, and into the dark forbidding ocean depths the MLSS drop camera descended.  It was searching for the sponge bioherms at Kelvin Grove triple seamount. Oceanographic biologist Lena Clayton and MLSS director Glen Dennison hosted the UBC environmental sciences (ENVR 400) student team on an expedition to study glass sponge. The students spent over…

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…

New UCBC Mooring Buoy at Brigade Reef

April 18th 2015 The team of Scott Meixner, Mike Barass, and Kim Ansel, installed a brand new Underwater Council of British Columbia (UCBC) mooring buoy over Brigade Reef. The buoy will protect the reef for decades to come and offer a secure mooring and safe dive entry site for all divers. The buoy offers a…

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!

Summary of what we know about the seastar die off

A recent talk  by Dr. Jeff Marliave and Dr. Martin Haulena of the Vancouver Aquarium summarizes what we know so far about the mass die-off of starfish in our local waters. The exact cause is still unkown, but scientists all over North America are collaborating and exploring a realm of different hypotheses. Another video by…