Past Events

Check out Past Events and highlights of what we’ve been doing!

Nov. 20

Photo credit: Adam Taylor (rockfish banner photo); DFO Pacific ROV Team (sponge reef background)

MLSS welcomes in the new UNESCO Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030, themed Life and Livelihoods, with a presentation on the UN Oceans Day, June 8, 2021 to explore the biodiversity treasures in Howe Sound.

Please join MLSS marine biologist, Sheila Byers, in a deep-sea exploration of Howe Sound with the discovery of ancient glass sponge reefs, the diverse marine life (including larval stages) that build the reef communities, and yes, even juvenile six-gill sharks that lurk in the darkness! Through Citizen Science research and monitoring, MLSS assisted Fisheries and Oceans Canada in establishing Marine Refuge protection for these reefs. But how do we do this and how do we ensure that the reef communities are protected for the long term? Check it out!

Glass Sponge reefs and the Amazing Underwater World in Howe Sound was hosted by Howe Sound Biosphere Region Initiative on Tuesday, June 8, 2021.

Howe Sound Biosphere Regon Initiative logo

OPP and NOTH 2021 Conferences

Transport Canada – Ocean Protection Plan
Nature on the Hill

Mid-February was a busy week for the MLSS President and Vice-President who attended two virtual conferences that ran simultaneously: The Ocean Protection Plan (OPP) Dialogue Forum Winter 2021 was the 7th Forum organized by Transport Canada, and Nature on the Hill 2021 (NOTH) was the 3rd annual event organized by Nature Vancouver. Glen and Sheila split our time to cover as much of the conferences as we could.  Read more here: OPP and NOTH 2021 Conferences by Sheila Byers

Divers Weekend January 25 & 26, 2020:

Sheila and Deirdre all smiles at the 2020 Annual Divers Weekend at Vancouver Aquarium. It was great to see everyone who came out to visit us at the MLSSBC table.

Salt Spring Island Ales & MLSS Collaboration Beer Launch March 10, 2018

Party above the Clouds on June 2nd, 2017

An Evening for Howe Sound Gala on March 4th, 2017