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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: MPO-LEP-QC-17-004

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. MPO-LEP-QC-17-004 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The activity authorized by this licence is catching and sacrificing juvenile striped bass for a research project to determine the minimum size (length) in the fall allowing 0+ striped bass to survive their first winter. Sacrifice is required to remove the otoliths, which will be used to determine the individuals' past growth and their size at the end of the first growing season. The project will cause the death of a maximum of 160 juvenile striped bass under 350 mm in length. They will be caught at 13 sites in the St. Lawrence River and Estuary between Trois-Rivières and Baie-Saint-Paul. The research project will address a measure of the recovery strategy and action plan for the striped bass, St. Lawrence River population.

Start Date: 2017-06-19   End Date: 2017-08-15

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: The best method was chosen for this study. The use of scales rather than otoliths would not allow growth to be determined with the accuracy required to meet the study objectives. The method will have no effect on the habitat. b) All measures were taken to minimize any negative effects of this activity on the striped bass specimens not targeted by the study. The chosen fishing techniques reduce mortality probabilities; any striped bass caught above the number allowed for sacrifice and any bycatch will be released immediately at the catch site and in the best possible conditions for fish survival. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The activity has no impact on the habitat. The individuals sacrificed are a negligible proportion of this age group. The mortality caused by sampling is negligible compared to the natural mortality rate at this life stage. Several signs show that the population is currently growing, and the experts responsible for management of the species believe that the expected mortality for the project will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species.

Contact Person(s)
Ms. Nicole Bouchard
Species at Risk Program
Fisheries and Oceans Canada
850 route de la Mer, P.O. Box 1000
Mont-Joli, QC
G5H 3Z4
lep-sara-qc@dfo-mpo.gc.ca