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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PPAC-00010

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PPAC-00010 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The activities authorized by this permit consist of: a) installation and daily monitoring of spawning traps at fluvial fan areas, b) anesthetization of captured lamprey with tricaine methanosulfonate, and subsequent c) length measurements, d) identification of developmental stage, e) fin-clip sampling of adults for DNA analysis, and f) release to the wild following recovery.

Start Date: 2017-05-15   End Date: 2017-07-17

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: The applicant considered other locations, capture methods, and timeframes for trapping. Proposed methods have been developed and refined over several years of research, and DFO requires the permit holder to follow them. As many alternatives were investigated throughout their development, following these proposed methods is considered the best solution. b) Measures to minimize impact: Methods are consistent with those developed and refined over several years of research, and a condition of the permit sets maximum mortality levels at zero individuals. Proposed methods include: using passive capture techniques where possible, daily monitoring of traps, containing lamprey in lake water before and after sampling, anesthetizing lamprey prior to sampling, and releasing captured lamprey following recovery. By adhering to the permit conditions and following the aforementioned methods, the permit holder is applying measures to minimize impact to the species. The proposed work is not expected to impact habitat or residence for the species. c) Activities are not anticipated to jeopardize survival or recovery of Vancouver Lamprey, and are anticipated to contribute to the schedule of studies to identify critical habitat, and to further inform existing knowledge gaps.

Contact Person(s)
Regional Manager, Species at Risk
Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200 – 401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4
Tel: 604-666-7907