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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: MPO-17-HQUE-00127

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. MPO-17-HQUE-00127 is issued.

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

The project is for maintenance dredging of the Tadoussac marina following the reconfiguration of the wharves to meet the increased demand for mooring. The marina site is mainly used by pleasure and commercial craft that do marine mammal observation cruises. Exceptionally in 2017, dredging will be conducted in the spring until May 22.

Start Date: 2017-05-16   End Date: 2017-05-22

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. Dredging began on May 2, 2017, but due to difficult weather conditions, it will not be possible to complete it by May 15, 2017, as agreed to avoid impacts. The proponent explored several solutions to expedite work, including using a submersion site closer to the work and depositing the sediments on land, but these solutions cannot be implemented. The work hours were increased from 16 to 24 hours per day to maximize the chances of completing the dredging by May 15, but this was not sufficient. b) Measures to minimize impact: An extension to the dredging period was authorized for 7 days only. During dredging, observers on the barges and dredge (one observer per vessel) with sufficient experience to detect marine mammals in different weather conditions will watch for belugas. If a beluga comes within 400 m during the day or 200 m at night of the barges or the dredge, dredging operations or sediment release will be stopped and vessels will remain stationary until the animal is more than 400 m away during the day or 200 m away at night. 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