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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: 17-PCAA-00006

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 17-PCAA-00006 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

Description:
This is an annual young–of–year (YOY) index survey of Lake St. Clair that has been carried out intermittently since 1979. This program is used to assess YOY abundance and diversity of key economically and ecologically important species in addition to the nearshore fish community composition and abundance. Fixed sites on the lake allow changes in the community structure relative abundances and presences of aquatic invasive species and species at risk to be tracked through time. Collection is carried out using a 30’ long 1/8” mesh beach scene in 2m of water or less during daylight hours. Seine hauls are carried out perpendicular to the shore and are approximately 30m in length. Captured fishes are identified, enumerated and released on site.

Start Date: 2017-04-07   End Date: 2017-08-04

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) Alternatives: This long running program uses consistent seining effort dating back to the 1970. Alteration to this protocol would compromise the integrity of the program and disrupt the time series dataset. This program offers a long term dataset of SAR and other nearshore fish species in Lake St. Clair. Since species at risk is one objective of this program, alterations to the long standing protocol would compromise our ability to make comparisons and examine long term trends in species presence and abundance. b) Measures to minimize impact: To alleviate any undue stress on listed species, sampling at locations where high numbers of listed species are captured will cease immediately, captured species immediately returned to the water and DFO SARA biologist consulted. In addition every effort will be made to minimize any disruption or disturbance of important habitat structure and features including rock and coarse woody debris. Sorting of fishes from the seine net will take place in containers containing site water. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The activities undertaken will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the listed species as the likelihood of encountering these species is generally minimal. Indirect harm could occur due to habitat disruption by the logistics of seining (e.g., footprints, lead line drags); however, this effect would be short-lived and limited to a relatively small geographic area. The proposed activities are anticipated to have negligible effects on the species habitat and therefore will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Raymond Ratynski
Regional Manager, Species at Risk Program
Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
501 University Crescent
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N6
Tel: 204-983-4438
Fax: 204-983-5192
Ray.Ratynski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca