BC’s Glass Sponge Reefs headed for permanent protection
Prehistoric reefs considered a submerged “Jurassic Park”
CPAWS celebrates the long-awaited announcement that B.C.’s extremely fragile Glass Sponge Reefs are headed for permanent protection. Gail Shea, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, has declared an “Area of Interest” for a future Marine Protected Area around the reefs, considered one of the great wonders in Canada’s oceans.
“These are the only living glass sponge reefs known in the world and are precious beyond words. We are so glad that they are finally on a firm road to permanent protection,” says Sabine Jessen, CPAWS national oceans program manager. Thought to have gone extinct 30 million years ago, the 1987 discovery of these reefs in Hecate Strait stunned the scientific community.