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Spring 2019 Newsletter

March 18, 2019
    • Mapping future Marine Conservation hot spots
    • Celebrating protection of Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs
    • Winter Storm Clean Up
    • Spring 2019 Howe Sound Community Forum

Celebrating protection of Howe Sound Glass Sponge Reefs

Scientists, divers, stewards, prawn fishermen and citizens gathered in West Vancouver on Wednesday March 6th, 2019 to hear Minister for Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson announce the establishment of eight marine refuges in Howe Sound to protect nine newly discovered glass sponge reefs. This brings the total to 11 reef areas on the Sound now protected.

Congratulations go to the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society, under the leadership of Glen Dennison, who discovered, mapped, documented and initiating contact with Fisheries and Oceans Canada regarding their ecosystem value and need for protection.

The formal fishery closures are effective April 1, 2019 and include a protective buffer of 150 metres surrounding the reef footprints. All commercial, recreational and First Nations Food, Social and Ceremonial bottom contact fishing activities – prawn and crab by trap, shrimp and groundfish by trawl, and groundfish by hook and line will be prohibited within portions of Subareas 28-2 and …

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Mapping future Marine Conservation hot spots

The David Suzuki Foundation in partnership with OceanWise unveiled their Atl’ka7tsem/Howe Sound Conservation Assessment in March. After two years of gathering existing data, citizen science and local knowledge, information has been mapped by a GIS expert to create a multi-layered online map for the public.

The objective of the map is to be a tool to support decision making over land use that impacts the marine environment. The technology known as Marxan reveals marine diversity hot spots are and recommends 34 candidate areas for protection and management.

The Howe Sound team at Suzuki Foundation held public information meetings in Squamish, Gibsons, Bowen …

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Winter Storm Clean Up

This winter Mother of Wind, Squamish, was punishing.  From Squamish to West Vancouver, Gibsons and Islands in between vulnerable structures, boats, floats, and huge docks were damaged.  Shorelines eroded causing fuel spills and nasty debris to be washed up onto beaches and rocks around Howe Sound.

Clean up at the marinas and beaches has been underway but there are many hard to get to places where Styrofoam and other debris has collected.  To get involved in the planning for removal of debris and clean up contact

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Spring 2019 Howe Sound Community Forum

Camp Fircom on Gambier Island will be the location for the next Howe Sound Community Forum taking place on April 26th.  The Gambier Island Local Area Trustees are hosts for this gathering of elected officials, First Nations and representatives of non-profit organizations and locals who attend as observers.  Participants will travel from different points …

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