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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: 17-PCAA-00010

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 17-PCAA-00010 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The goal of this research is to assess the status of freshwater fishes in southwestern Ontario wetlands in order to inform the management, conservation, and restoration of these systems. Wetlands in will be surveyed to assemble fish community data and assess the status of fishes at risk in these regions. Eight weeks of fieldwork in wetlands throughout southwestern Ontario will be completed in the summer of 2017. The eight weeks of fieldwork will include seining and mini fyke nets.

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

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: Wetlands with greater than 80% saturation were considered adequately sampled and sufficient to capture the entire fish community at that location. The sites that were ultimately chosen were sites with insufficient sampling. This will ensure that each site will not be oversampled, and reduce the number of sites potentially within critical habitat for a SARA species. Backpack electrofishing was considered as an alternative gear choice; however, due to the depth profiles of the proposed sites, it is not practical/safe to implement backpack electrofishing. b) Measures to minimize impact: The field crew is experienced and appropriately trained in humane handling of fishes, to minimize harm. All SARA-listed species will be returned to the waterbodies from which they are collected, and very low to zero mortality from capture techniques is anticipated. Sampling will only occur at each location on a single occasion in summer 2017. c) The proposed activities will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of any of the SARA-listed species. All handlers will have appropriate training, previous to conducting field work, on the identification of SARA-listed species. When a SARA-listed species has been identified, handling will remain minimal and best practices will be followed (soft mesh, wet hands, care in handling). Photo vouchers of SARA-listed species will be taken in place of physical vouchers.

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