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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: MPO-LEP-QCDPP-2017-004

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. MPO-LEP-QCDPP-2017-004 is issued.

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

Description:
The project is to dredge the sediments around the Rivière-du-Loup wharf to ensure the safety of docking manoeuvres. The dredged sediments will be submerged at the l’anse au Persil disposal site. The area around the Rivière-du-Loup wharf is dredged every year; exceptionally in 2017, dredging will occur until April 15.

Start Date: 2017-04-08   End Date: 2017-04-15

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Quebec

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) The best alternatives were analyzed. This dredging cannot be relocated, and it is required to ensure the safety of docking manoeuvres. Based on the recommendations made by DFO on March 8, 2017, the proponent agreed to dredge outside the intensive use period, which is from April to September. Dredging was to take place in two stages, the first in the spring and the second in the fall: From March 20 to April 7 (24h/day) in the target areas, i.e. the areas essential to safety of operations and maintenance of service. October 1 to 31 (16h/day) and November 1 to 15 (24h/day) throughout the area. The equipment could not be mobilized as soon as the ice broke up, around March 30, 2017. The dredging had to be extended one week. The situation will be corrected in 2018. b) Measures to minimize impact: Essential dredging will take place over a period of eight days. If a beluga comes within 200 m of the barges or the dredging, dredging operations or sediment release will be stopped and vessels will remain stationary until the animal is more than 200 m away. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The activity could harm the spring feeding of a few individuals. Given that the duration of the work is short, it is not expected to impact the survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Jean-Yves Savaria
Manager
Fisheries Protection Division, Regulatory Reviews, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, P.O. Box 1000
Mont-Joli , QC
G5H 3Z4
habitat-qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca