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Want to learn what you can do to improve salmon habitat and promote local waterway health?
Join us on September 21st and 22nd for the Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers training.

Chaster Creek, Elphinstone
9 am to 5 pm each day
Cost: $50

Trainers Dianne Sanford and Angela Kroning will lead you in this hands-on introduction to fish habitat, stream restoration, aquatic life identification and waterway stewardship. Participants who complete the two day training will receive a Streamkeepers certificate from the Pacific Streamkeepers Federation.

APPLY HERE by September 2, 2019
Only 12 spaces available, so apply today!

Presented in collaboration with the Sunshine Coast Streamkeepers, with support from generous local donors.

We're pleased to partner again this year with the Arts Centre to offer 3 children’s workshops, each combining art-making with learning about local biodiversity.  In the mornings participants learn to draw, sculpt and paint the rich and varied life of the Coast led by a senior artist/teacher. In the afternoon, walks and discussions take over as we explore the rich life forms that populate this special part of the Pacific Northwest, and learn about how we can all become environmental stewardship super-heroes!

Each workshop culminates in an exhibition of work in our community gallery with a reception celebrating their achievements. Workshops run 10:00 – 3:00 each day, with a break provided for lunch.

There are still a few spaces remaining - REGISTER HERE!

DO YOU LOVE NATURE & WANT MEANINGFUL SUMMER EMPLOYMENT?
Or know someone who does?

We are seeking outgoing, hard-working youth interns as our CONSERVATION RESEARCH & OUTREACH COORDINATORS*.

Please see FULL POSITION DESCRIPTION HERE.

Apply by: April 19, 2019
Dates of employment: May 27 - Sept 1, 2019**
Wage & hours: $14.00/hr, 35 hrs/week

* Must be 15-30 yrs of age who is a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or have official refugee protection status, and legally eligible to work in Canada.
** Length of employment and hours per week contingent upon funds awarded from Canada Summer Jobs.

To apply, send cover letter, resume, and 3 reference contacts to: office@thescca.ca.
Incomplete applications will not be considered.
First Nations and visible minority students are encouraged to apply.

We held our Annual General Meeting on June 18th, followed by fantastic discussion about water meters and water conservation efforts, and as usual, enjoyed conversation, refreshments and an amazing spread of potluck treats.

Staff and Board at 2019 AGM

We're pleased to have re-elected Mary Louise Hendry to our Board, which now consists of: Lee Ann Johnson (Chair), Mary Louise Hendry (Secretary), Dan Bouman, Suzanne Senger, and Bill Wareham. We will greatly miss Jason Herz, who retired this year, though he'll still head up our Covenants committee, and if his parting gift is any indication, he'll definitely continue to model great water conservation practices! And we were happy to introduce everyone to our 2019 summer interns, Devon Ellis-Durity and Erika Evasiuk.

If you had to miss it, don't worry, you can at least still check out the agenda, minutes, reports and financial statements here:

AGM 2019 Agenda

AGM 2019 Minutes - Draft

2018 AGM Minutes

Chair's Report

2018 Financial Position Statement

2018 Statement of Operations

Notes to Financial Statements

 

9 Glass Sponge Reefs in Howe Sound are now protected under 8 new marine refuges of approximately 3.5 square kilometres!

Glass Sponge Reefs

Announced on Tuesday, March 5th by Fisheries Minister Jonathan Wilkinson and MP Pamela Goldsmith Jones, this permanent protection for the fragile reefs are the result of diligent work by organizations, citizen scientists, the Squamish Nation and other stakeholder groups including fishers. Particular kudos go to Glen Dennison of the Marine Life Sanctuaries Society who discovered, mapped and advocated for the protection of these reefs. Thanks also to volunteer members of our SCCA Marine Committee, including Cindy Harlow, Marina Stjepovic, Angela Kroning and Dianne Sanford, who spend time educating about the importance of Glass Sponge Reefs as well as adding their voices as advocates for the protection of all the reefs within the Salish Sea.

These marine refuges represent formal fishery closures that will come into effect April 1, 2019, and include an area of 150 metres extending beyond the reefs edges. All commercial, recreational and First Nations Food, Social and Ceremonial bottom contact fishing activities, including prawn and crab traps, shrimp and groundfish by trawl, and groundfish by hook and line, will be prohibited within the refuges, as well as the use of downrigger gear in recreational salmon trolling.

An additional 9 reefs are under consideration now for future protection, requiring further ground-truthing to assess their ecological significance. These include 4 reefs close to us here on the Sunshine Coast, in the areas of Mariner's Rest, Camelo Point, Langdale, and Collingwood Channel.

Glass sponge reefs are a true wonder, thought to have been extinct for over 40 million years, but discovered in 1987 to be living in Hecate Strait. Dr. Manfred Krautter, who studies fossilized reefs in Europe has likened the discovery of living reefs akin to finding a herd of dinosaurs living in modern times! They not only provide important deep-sea habitat for many species including rockfish, prawns and sharks, they also are tremendously efficient filter feeders. These 9 newly protected reefs will filter an estimated 17 billion litres of water a day - the equivalent of 6,800 Olympic size swimming pools.

Though we are very pleased that these first 9 reefs are now protected from damaging bottom contact fishing activities, we continue to advocate for the full protection of the 18 mapped reefs from all human activities (such as cable lines, freighter traffic and anchorages) as Marine Protected Areas under the Oceans Act.

You can read more about these precious reefs and the new marine refuges here:

Fisheries and Oceans Canada News Release

Marine Life Sanctuaries Society post

Sea of Glass - Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS) 

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