Voluntary Fishing Closures for Sponge Reefs!

Sponge bioherm in Howe Sound - Photo by Roy Mulder
Sponge bioherm in Howe Sound – Photo by Roy Mulder

An alliance of non-profit organizations, MLSS among them, is working closely with the fishing industry and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans to establish protection for glass sponge reefs in Georgia Straight and Howe Sound. There are 9 areas listed for voluntary protection in the interim, while negotiations move forward to provide more stable protection measures. We would encourage all individuals and organizations to support this initiative. MLSS will fully support the request by Fisheries and Oceans Canada to honour these 9 sites as being under voluntary protection.

For more information on this exciting news, check out Larry Pynn’s article in the Vancouver Sun

Want to learn more about MLSS’s sponge research? To donate to our sponge bioherm monitoring research click here!



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