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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: MPO-LEP-QCDPP-2017-005

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. MPO-LEP-QCDPP-2017-005 is issued.

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

The project consists of dredging the sediments around the L’Isle-aux-Coudres wharf to ensure the safety of docking manoeuvres. The dredged sediments will be submerged at the disposal site used in 2016, in the St. Lawrence River between L’Isle-aux-Coudres and Saint¬Joseph-de-la-Rive. The area around the L’Isle-aux-Coudres wharf is dredged every year; except 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:

a) The best alternatives were analyzed. This dredging cannot be relocated and 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 capelin breeding period and the spring feeding period of belugas in the area. 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 operational safety and maintenance of service. From September 5 to 30 (24 h/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
Fisheries Protection Division, Regulatory Reviews, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, P.O. Box 1000
Mont-Joli , QC
G5H 3Z4