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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-16-HPAC-01347

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-16-HPAC-01347 is issued.

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

Continued fish sampling as part of an annual fish population index program, which is intended to serve as a long term indicator and identify trends in abundance, growth, body condition, and spatial distribution of fish in the Columbia River downstream of the Revelstoke Dam. The study will utilize electrofishing as the method of capture. A SARA permit is required as incidental capture of White Sturgeon is possible, although White Sturgeon is not a target species. Killing of White Sturgeon individuals is not permitted nor required for this activity.

Start Date: 2017-04-01   End Date: 2017-10-31

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 that would reduce impacts on White Sturgeon have been considered and best solutions adopted. Electrofishing is the most efficient method for capturing adult fish species for the purposes of this study. In order to maintain sampling consistency and meet the objectives of the study, methods cannot be altered. b) All feasible measures to minimize impacts and risks to White Sturgeon will be taken. Sampling will be conducted by experienced and electrofishing certified individuals. Sampling will not be conducted from June 1st – August 31st, which avoids the spawning period of White Sturgeon in the Middle Columbia River. Field crew will ensure they have sufficient training and materials to properly implement the best practices and procedures outlined in the “Upper Columbia River Adult White Sturgeon Capture, Transport, and Handling Manual”. No sampling will be conducted within habitats know to, or likely to, support white sturgeon spawning. c) Effects on survival and recovery: Few to no individuals have been captured in the previous years of this study. No mortality of White Sturgeon individuals or impacts to habitat of the species is proposed or permitted, and risk of harm from incidental capture and handling of individual fish is low, therefore the activity is not expected to jeopardize survival or recovery of this species.

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