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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PPAC-00013

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PPAC-00013 is issued.

Purpose:
Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

Description:
Activities consist of the following: Trapping, handling, transporting one Salish Sucker to the Brooksdale Environmental Centre, photography for a public awareness project, transporting the individual back to the trapping site, and releasing it to the point of capture in May 2017.

Start Date: 2017-05-24   End Date: 2017-05-25

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 : Taking the photographs at the trap location, if possible. Coordinating the activity with other permitted Salish Sucker research, if possible. Conducting the activity at other locations: Little Campbell River is the best solution because it is close to the lab where the fish may be transported (2.4 km). Further, the permit holder has a good understanding of where Salish Sucker are found in the river and a good relationship with land owners, and can therefore trap more efficiently than in an unknown system. Following other sampling methods: the Salish Sucker collection guidelines were developed over 20 years of research and considered alternatives methods; Feddes traps are considered the best sampling solution. Conducting the activity on a non-listed species: as the activity is intended to photograph species at risk and increase public awareness, using a non-listed species is not a viable alternative. b) Measures to minimize impact: The 2015 “Guidelines for the capture, handling, scientific study, and salvage of the Salish Sucker” will be followed. Specifically, Feddes traps will be set at five locations. The applicant will use the following measures to minimize harm to one individual being trapped, held and transported for photography: Aquarium size (30L) with air stone for oxygenation. Fish will be held for a maximum of 4 hours to minimize stress. Water quality conditions and fish stress levels will be monitored during transport and handling. Fish of 18-25 cm total length will be used to avoid sensitive life stages and no gravid females will be used. Fish will be returned to the location of capture. The proposed work is not anticipated to impact critical habitat of Salish Sucker. c) Effects on survival and recovery: Activities are not anticipated to jeopardize survival or recovery of Salish Sucker. Activities are anticipated to enhance public awareness of Salish Sucker and species at risk.

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