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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-16-HPAC-01252

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-16-HPAC-01252 is issued.

Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

Cruise ship docks have become undermined and two caissons require repairs. To reduce to risk of injury or mortality to Northern Abalone as a result of dock repair works, a night time dive salvage will be performed within 1 week prior to project works. A SARA permit is required for this activity as Northern Abalone will be captured during the salvage and relocated to suitable habitat outside of the project area. Killing of Northern Abalone individuals is not permitted nor required for this activity.

Start Date: 2017-01-21   End Date: 2017-02-15

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) Alternatives: Repair works are required to prevent the dock from becoming undermined and ensure the long term structural stability of the pier. Repairs to this dock area have been completed in 2009 and 2011, and the same methodology will be followed. Conducting salvage and relocation is required to minimize the potential of injury or mortality of Northern Abalone. b) All feasible measures to minimize impacts on Northern Abalone will be employed. Salvage will occur at night time, and the capture, handle and relocation will follow applicable best method guidance as outlined in the 2012 Action Plan for the Northern Abalone (Haliotis kamtschatkana) in Canada, Appendix IV: Impact Assessment Protocol for Works and Developments Potentially Affecting Abalone and Their Habitat (Lessard and Campbell, 2012). c) Effects on survival and recovery: With the implementation of best practices, the dock repair works are not expected to result in harm to fish or fish habitat. Conducting a salvage and relocation of Northern Abalone for repair works will reduce the likelihood of mortality or injury; therefore this activity will not jeopardize survival and recovery of Northern Abalone.

Contact Person(s)
Fisheries Protection Program - Pacific Region
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4