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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PPAC-00016

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PPAC-00016 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Activities consist of the following: Capture of wild and hatchery-origin White Sturgeon (adults and juveniles) and comparative testing of ultrasound and endoscopy methodologies for collecting sex and maturity stage data required for the ongoing conservation and management of the Upper Columbia population of White Sturgeon.

Start Date: 2017-05-01   End Date: 2017-05-07

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: The ultrasound techniques proposed for testing sex and maturity stage are a non-intrusive alternative to the current practice of endoscopy through a small incision. The proposed activity was discussed with technical experts that are members of the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, is required for conservation and management of this population. Research goals align with those of the national recovery strategy whose development included consideration of alternatives. b) Measures to minimize impact: The proposed approaches and methods for fish capture and biological data collection were developed and applied for multiple years of standardized research data collection. They are designed to gain valuable stock, biological and life history information from captured fish, and to provide safe handling and release of live fish. Application of the fish handling procedures has seen minimal risk of mortality to captured fish over decades of use. The proposed work is not expected to negatively impact White Sturgeon or its habitat, and the residence concept does not apply to White Sturgeon. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The proposed activities are not anticipated to jeopardize survival or recovery of White Sturgeon Upper Columbia River population. The ultrasound methodology would help inform the design of subsequent efforts to help alleviate unequal family abundance which threatens to overwhelm the genetic balance of the White Sturgeon population and weaken the population’s genetic diversity desirable for recovery.

Contact Person(s)
Species at Risk Program, Pacific Region
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4