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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 012

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 012 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The objective of the research is to quantify native mussel species utilizing the coastal wetlands as a refuge, including presence, absence and densities of all native species.

Start Date: 2008-04-30   End Date: 2008-12-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. Between July-Oct 2008 the wetlands and near shore areas will be systematically sampled along transects for mussels. Transect locations will include interior marsh sites, shoreline, more exposed marsh sites, tributary mouths and channels. Along each transect a total of 10 1x1m2 plots will be randomly placed and sampled to a depth of 40 cm. Prior to sampling, each plot location will be recorded (GPS) and assessed for sediment type, vegetation species and percent coverage, and water characteristics (depth, temperature, pH, DO, ORP, conductivity). b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Two people will manually search for mussels in the substrate of each sample plot. All mussels will be placed into a bucket with site water, measured, and photographed. Once the plot has been fully sampled, all mussels will be returned to an adjacent, undisturbed patch. All transects and plot locations will be flagged to reduce harm to released mussels. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. There should be low impact to SAR habitat and risk of harm to observed specimens will also be low.

Contact Person(s)
SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6