Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PPAC-00004

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PPAC-00004 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
Activities consist of the following: Trapping, anesthesia, length and weight measurements, recovery, and release of Salish Sucker for presence/absence reconnaissance surveys from May 2017 to November 2018 in: Herling Island Swamp; Nicomen Slough; Stave Lake, Hayward Lake and tributaries; and, Hatzic Lake and tributaries; and from May 2017 to November 2017 in Pitt Polder Wetlands/Widgeon Creek. Trapping, euthanizing, and collecting voucher specimens of up to two individual Salish Sucker from each of the five locations listed in (a) above, followed by delivery to the University of British Columbia for genetic analysis, and deposit in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Trapping, anesthesia, length and weight measurements, recovery, and release of Salish Sucker for habitat and restoration effectiveness monitoring from May 2017 to November 2018 in: Chilliwack Delta; Pepin Creek; Mountain Slough; Elk Creek/Hope Slough; and, Bertrand Creek. Trapping, seining and/or single-pass backpack electrofishing, anesthesia, length and weight measurements, pelvic fin clipping (up to ½ of one fin), recovery, and release of Nooksack Dace for presence/absence reconnaissance surveys from May 2017 to November 2018 in: Harrison Lake Tributaries; Stave Lake, Hayward Lake and tributaries; and Chilliwack River. Trapping, seining and/or single-pass backpack electrofishing, euthanizing, and collecting voucher specimens of up to two individual Nooksack Dace from each of the three locations listed in (d) above, followed by delivery to the University of British Columbia for genetic analysis, and deposit in the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. Trapping, seining and/or backpack electrofishing, anesthesia, length and weight measurements, recovery, and release of Nooksack Dace for population abundance estimations from May 2017 to November 2018 in: Pepin Creek; Brunette River; Bertrand River; and, Fishtrap Creek.

Start Date: 2017-05-01   End Date: 2018-11-30

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) Alternatives: The permit holder considered other capture methods for the proposed works. As several alternatives, such as visual sampling, were investigated throughout the development of the Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker collection guidelines, following them is considered the best solution. For Nooksack Dace, alternative genetic sampling techniques to differentiate hybrids are lethal and fin clipping likely causes the least harm to individuals. The permit holder also considered not conducting the work or conducting it in alterative locations and on non-listed species; however, the work is intended to benefit Nooksack Dace and Salish Sucker populations. b) Measures to minimize impact: The methods have been developed and refined over almost twenty years of research on these species and are consistent with the 2015 “Guidelines for the capture, handling, scientific study, and salvage of the Salish Sucker” and “Guidelines for the capture, handling, scientific study, and salvage of the Nooksack Dace.” Specifically, methods outlined in the guidelines that will be employed include: trapping, seining (Nooksack Dace), backpack electrofishing (Nooksack Dace), anesthesia, measurements, and recovery prior to release. In addition to methods outlined in the guidelines, fin clips will be taken from Nooksack Dace. Fin clips are likely the least harmful method of obtaining samples for genetic analysis. By adhering to the permit conditions and following the aforementioned methods, the permit holder is applying measures to minimize impact to the species. The proposed work is not anticipated to impact critical habitat of the species or the residences of Nooksack Dace. c) Effects on survival and recovery: Activities are not anticipated to jeopardize survival or recovery of Salish Sucker or Nooksack Dace. Activities are anticipated to further inform existing knowledge gaps and recovery measures.

Contact Person(s)
Species at Risk Program, Pacific Region
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4
sara@pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca