Protection of Glass Sponge Reefs

As far as conservationists can tell, glass sponge reefs remain the only large reef extant from the Jurassic period of the Earth. They have evolved into a natural habitat for many species. In addition, they provide nursery grounds and refuge area for various life forms. That glass sponge reefs of the size discovered in the Hecate Strait which span over 1,000km and measure up to 25m. Glass sponge reefs of this size are exceptionally rare.

In an effort to preserve this vital ecosystem, the Canadian Government has moved to designate the glass sponge reefs of the Queen Charlotte Sound and Hecate Strait as Marine Protected Areas.

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