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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-HQUE-00173

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-HQUE-00173 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The observation of spawning activity and the capture of striped bass eggs or larvae using driftnets to confirm the presence of a striped bass spawning area at the mouth of the Etchemin River. The authorized activities will result in the death of the striped bass eggs or larvae sampled.

Start Date: 2017-06-06   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:

a) Alternatives: Moving the inventory area is not feasible. The inventory area was targeted because of indicators suggesting striped bass spawning activity at this location. b) Measures to minimize impact: Sampling of striped bass eggs and larvae must be done by a person qualified to use a driftnet or under the direct supervision of such a person. To the extent possible, activities shall be conducted in a manner whereby any individuals of the affected species shall be handled only in the circumstances authorized under this permit and with the least amount of harm. The following measures must be implemented to minimize the negative impacts of the activity on the species, its critical habitat and the residences of its individuals: Final identification of the eggs will be performed using genetic testing of the specimens caught. Larvae, especially Moronidae (striped bass, white perch, white bass) and Clupeidae (alewife, American shad, blueback herring, gizzard shad) larvae and larvae not identified in the laboratory, will need to be identified with genetic testing of the specimens caught. This genetic testing will be performed by a laboratory certified and approved by the Ministère des Forêts, de la Faune et des Parcs du Québec. 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
Fisheries Protection Division, Regulatory Reviews, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, P.O. Box 1000
Mont-Joli , QC
G5H 3Z4