Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: DFO-17-PPAC-00018

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-17-PPAC-00018 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The activities authorized by this permit consist of: a) collection of approximately 300 live Hotwater Physa per collection event (with a maximum of 1,000 live individuals annually), b) transport of individuals on same day as collection to Royal Saskatchewan Museum for life history, taxonomic, and systematics studies, c) euthanasia of a maximum of 1,000 individuals annually, d) transfer of all specimens to Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Royal British Columbia Museum, and/or Canadian Museum of Nature and e) characterization of habitat.

Start Date: 2017-06-15   End Date: 2022-06-15

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia
  • Saskatchewan

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: For activities a), b), c) and d), the applicant considered the alternative of eliminating collection and only conducting habitat characterization. Instead, the applicant chose to conduct collection of individuals within the range of allowable harm because of the value in researching this species’ life history. For activity e), the applicant considered other methods of habitat characterization involving remote sensing. The applicant selected ground-based habitat characterization because of its accuracy and effectiveness over remote sensing data interpretation. b) Measures to minimize impact: With respect to activities a), b), c), and d), if captive breeding is successful following the first collection event (approximately 300 individuals collected), no further collection will be conducted. Any necessary further collection will be limited to a maximum of 1,000 total individuals collected, which is within the range of allowable harm for the species. For activity e), all persons undertaking the activities shall do so in such a way that minimizes impacts to banks and substrate, changes to water level or flow, and disturbance of uncollected Hotwater Physa. c) Activities are not anticipated to jeopardize survival or recovery of the Hotwater Physa. The species is currently not in decline, collection is within allowable harm estimates, and the activities will employ best methods developed to date for the collection of individuals and characterization of its habitat. Activities are anticipated to inform knowledge gaps for the species and reduce the future need to collect individuals from wild populations for research.

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