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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-PAF SECT 08 SCI 064a

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-PAF SECT 08 SCI 064a is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Authorized representatives of BC Hydro will collect information on spawning habitats, timing of spawning, abundance, nursery areas, and effects of the Hugh Keenleyside Dam for sculpin/dace species in order to implement a monitoring project for their life history and habitat use. An ultimate goal of the activities is to assist in the recovery of Shorthead sculpin by to evaluating the effects of current hydro-electric operations on this species. Activities will have minimal impacts on White sturgeon and Shorthead sculpin as per the pre-conditions outlined below.

Start Date: 2008-08-27   End Date: 2011-12-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

(a) all reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: • Chosen methodologies are considered the best solution as they have been refined over years of research are designed to maximize capture efficiency while minimizing habitat disturbance and potential harm to individuals captured and sampled. (b) all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals: • Potential impacts will be minimized by limiting the number of sites sampled to five; fish identification training for the consultant has been incorporated into the project by BC Hydro hiring a leading taxonomic specialist as an advisor. • Mortalities and impacts to habitat are not anticipated for any fish species. (c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: • As capture of White sturgeon is anticipated to be low and handling techniques are well established, recovery goals are not considered to by jeopardized by this study. • Any additional information gathered will benefit the overall recovery program of Shorthead sculpin by contributing to the Provincial database.

Contact Person(s)
Jeff Johansen
Species at Risk Regional Manager
Fisheries and Oceans
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4