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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-HQUE-00134

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-HQUE-00134 is issued.

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

Description:
The proposed survey is part of work to characterize fish habitats that will be affected by the Beauport 2020 port expansion. Catches of spawning American shad suggest that there is a spawning area nearby. The activities proposed are to verify and locate the possible American shad spawning area in Beauport Bay, around the wharf, including the behind wharf area. The survey will observe spawning activity (jumping and slapping) and sample eggs or larvae using drift nets set up on the side of the vessel. To limit striped bass bycatch, a fishing station will be abandoned if more than 10 eggs or larvae with Moronidae characteristics are caught. All eggs and larvae will be examined the day after the survey to quickly identify whether there are any Moronidae in the samples.

Start Date: 2017-06-02   End Date: 2017-07-01

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Quebec

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) Alternatives: It is not possible to move the American shad egg and larvae search area. American shad and striped bass spawners inhabit the same site. The activities must therefore be carried out in an area where striped bass egg or larvae bycatch is likely. b) Measures to minimize impact: Work will be performed in such a way as to limit bycatch of striped bass eggs and larvae as much as possible at each station. The sampling effort will be stopped if a large number of eggs or larvae with Moronidae characteristics are caught. No more than 10 Moronidae eggs or larvae may be caught at each fishing station. c) The activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Mortalities will be low across the population, given the usual low survival rate of fish eggs and the low volume of water filtered river wide.

Contact Person(s)
Jean-Yves Savaria
Manager
Fisheries Protection Division, Regulatory Reviews, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, P.O. Box 1000
Mont-Joli , QC
G5H 3Z4
habitat-qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca