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If you missed the presentation on Glass Sponge Reefs delivered to SCCA members in October, you can now see the video which was shot by Sarama. Dr. Manfred Krautter, paleobiologist, and professor at the University of Stuttgart, Germany, delivered this talk in Sechelt.

Glass sponge reefs were thought to be extinct until, in 1987, living reefs were first discovered off the northern coast of B.C. in Hecate Strait. Further reefs were found later in Georgia Strait, off Sechelt.

Sarama is presently producing a documentary entitled "This Living Salish Sea". Both the larger northern colonies of these sponge reefs, in the Hecate Strait, and the smaller southern colonies, in the Salish Sea, are in the path of proposed tanker routes. 

The Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, is seeking your input on establishing Old Growth Management Areas on the Sunshine Coast in the following Landscape Units.

  • The Homfray Landscape Unit (2,802 hectares) is on the east side of Homfray Channel and the southeast side of Toba Inlet.
  • The Jervis Landscape Unit (4,479 hectares) on the east and north sides of Jervis Inlet.
  • The Quatam Landscape Unit (2,971 hectares) on the north side of Pryce Channel and east side of Toba Inlet.
  • The Salmon Inlet Landscape Unit (4,434 hectares) north and south sides of Salmon Inlet.
  • The Southgate Landscape Unit (3,212 Hectares) northeast of Bute Inlet and southwest of Chilko Lake.

Go to this link for the bulletin and direction to the maps and background on the locations.

The Islands Trust Fund, owner of three nature reserves on Gambier Island, recently signed conservation covenants with the Gambier Island Conservancy and Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. The covenants legally commit all three organizations to share responsibility for safeguarding the reserves.

The three reserves, spanning 150 hectares, provide a wildlife corridor stretching from the bluffs of Brigade Bay to the top of Mt. Artaban, a popular hiking destination that rises 614 metres (2,014 feet) above Howe Sound and is visible from the Sea-to-Sky Highway.

The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association sees the three-party agreement as an integral part of its mandate. “This is exactly what our association exits to do -- protect the biodiversity and environment on the Sunshine Coast,” said SCCA chair Jason Herz.

See full press release.

Congratulations to Phillip Spour of Langley, who won a Seaward Halo Kayak at the annual Friends of Sunshine Coast Conservation Association recognition event on Oct. 18. Spour won this year's first prize, while second prize (two Helley Hansen jackets) went to Garnette and Michael McCue of Sechelt, and 3rd prize (an Inlets Tour for 4, donated by West Coast Wilderness Lodge) went to Irene McDermott of Vancouver.

Congratulations to our winners and thanks to everyone who purchased tickets in support of the SCCA!

The SCCA would like to thank everyone who made the event a success and all those who volunteer with the SCCA to preserve bio-diversity. We could not do it without your help.

Our Coal Hard Facts: Coal Shipment Impacts on the Sunshine Coast held on November 23rd at the Sechelt Indian Band Hall in was a resounding success.

Over 150 people packed the SIB Hall, including Chief Garry Feschuk, District 46 School Trustee Lori Dixon, SCRD Councillor Donna Shugar, and Gibsons Councillor Lee-Ann Johnson for an informative and lively two and one-half hour meeting.

We send our gratitude to the generous donors and volunteers who helped make it all possible, including: Roger Handling (graphic design), Sechelt Indian Band (donation of facilities), Strait Coffee, our knowledgeable panelists for their time and expertise, and the many helping hands too numerous to name.

A Youtube video of the presentation is available.

Click here to learn more about the issue and to find out what you can do to address the impacts of US Thermal Coal transport in our coastal waters.

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