Celebrity Dan Mangan dives deeper with CPAWS on submarine expedition


VANCOUVER – On Wednesday, October 16th, Juno award winner and local indie sensation, Dan Mangan joins the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society on a submarine expedition to the ancient glass sponge reefs in Howe Sound, off the coast the Vancouver.

The two day expedition, led by CPAWS Oceans Program Director Sabine Jessen and in association with Nuytco Research, will examine the state of the glass sponge reefs, an incredible marine treasure found only on the BC coast. In addition to a team of scientists, Mangan will be joined by global explorer Bruce Kirkby and the Honourable Andrew Wilkinson, B.C.’s Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens' Services.

“We are excited that Dan Mangan and our other special guests are able to join us on this important expedition,” says Jessen. “It shows that people care about the health of BC’s coastal waters and that there is support for protecting our marine ecosystems.” 

Scientists already know that the ancient and mysterious glass sponge reefs are an important nursery ground for fish, including endangered rockfish that can live over 100 years.  In addition, glass sponge reefs improve water quality by acting as natural water filters. CPAWS-BC is calling for immediate fishing closures and future Marine Protected Areas in the Strait of Georgia to protect the Glass Sponge Reefs.

Follow the conversation on Twitter @CPAWSbc #seaofglass.

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For more information: Sabine Jessen, CPAWS Ocean Director seaofglass@cpawsbc.org or 604-685-7445

For further background on the reefs and expedition team members, see http://bit.ly/seaofglass

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