Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PCAA-00030

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PCAA-00030 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The purpose of the project is to determine Mountain Sucker presence in various watercourses in locations both upstream and downstream of diversion structures. Flow alteration from water control and diversion structures has been identified as one of the primary threats to this species. Confirming where it is located in relation to these structures will lead to the development of best management practices to establish flows necessary to protect its habitat. Sampling will be conducted with a seine net in pools along each creek. Captured Mountain Sucker will be counted, weighed, and their length measured to obtain population statistics for the identified watercourses.

Start Date: 2017-07-24   End Date: 2017-10-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Saskatchewan

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) Alternatives: Mountain Sucker is the target species for the proposed research activities. As such, the primary alternative to eliminate any risk to Mountain Sucker is to not conduct the above-proposed research. However, the low likelihood of risk associated with the proposed research activities was deemed appropriate to further the conservation and appropriate management of the species. b) All feasible mitigation measures to minimize potential impacts of the proposed activity on Mountain Sucker will be applied, where applicable. Seine netting has been proposed as the method to capture fishes as this will leave them in the least crowded area in their preferred pool habitat. Fishes will be held in these pools for as little time as possible while information on the captured fishes is gathered. Fish handling will be minimized and fishes will reside in the netted area for no longer than is necessary to collect information. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The intent is for the live capture and return of the individuals after sampling. No mortality of individuals or effects to habitat is anticipated. The activities will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species and the application of mitigation measures will be applied to minimize any project impacts on Mountain Sucker.

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
Ray.Ratynski@dfo-mpo.gc.ca