Charity applauds glass sponge reef protection

Date: March 8, 2019

Source: Radio Canada International
Author: Lynn Desjardins

The Canadian government will create new marine refuges off the western coast that will protect some ancient and fragile glass sponge reefs. The charity, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS), “is very pleased” that this “ecological treasure” not far from Vancouver will be protected from all bottom-contact fishing. CPAWS and other groups have worked hard to study and secure protection of the reefs.

Reefs ‘are living dinosaurs’

“Living glass sponge reefs date back to the Jurassic era and are living dinosaurs on our Pacific Coast,” said Sabine Jessen, national director of the ocean program for CPAWS in a statement. “We have a global responsibility to ensure their long-term survival.”

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