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Notice of permit

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

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

Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

Activity involves beach seining around Ice and Griswold Islands, two islands in the Canadian Thousand Islands area of the St. Lawrence River, to identify fish species assemblage and abundance in the immediate area. The islands are owned by the 1000 Islands Watershed Land Trust, and the confirmed presence of Pugnose Shiner will determine the use of each of these islands. Uses will be reflected in the management plan.

Start Date: 2017-05-19   End Date: 2017-08-30

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: Griswold Island is within the habitat range of Pugnose Shiner as identified in the 2012 DFO study. Ice Island is outside of the range. No alternative locations have been considered, as it is these two islands that are owned and protected by the Land Trust, and for which the Trust is developing a Management Plan. Timing was considered, and the proposed avoids timing windows identified for sensitive life stages such as spawning. Beach seining is the least intrusive method of determining the presence and relative abundance of the fish species using the nearshore littoral zone adjacent to these islands. b) Measures to minimize impact: Sampling will consist of beach seines of a duration dictated by site conditions. In general, seines allow for live capture of fish, and is not damaging to habitat. It can cause disturbance to surface artifacts (e.g., woody debris, rocks) in some cases, but generally pulls over aquatic vegetation, leaving it intact. The seine net will not be fully beached, but will remain partially in water as the net is being cleared. The net will be cleared promptly, and fish identified and released immediately, or placed in buckets if photographs or more detailed observation is required. Once the net is cleared and checked, any fish in buckets will be promptly processed and released in the same location. c) Effects on survival and recovery: This is a beach seine activity. Species captured will be identified and recorded, and then immediately returned to the water. No mortality is anticipated.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Raymond Ratynski
Regional Manager, Species at Risk Program
Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
501 University Crescent
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N6
Tel: 204-983-4438
Fax: 204-983-5192