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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 018

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 018 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

White sturgeon spawning events, timing, frequency, egg deposition, and habitat conditions will be monitored in the mid Columbia River. Annual spawn monitoring is required under the terms of the Columbia River Project Water Licence Order. The monitoring of spawning events using a series of substrate mats will allow for: the collection and staging of eggs to pinpoint spawning times; on-site incubation of eggs; and release of young, post hatch, in the mid Columbia River.

Start Date: 2008-04-30   End Date: 2009-08-31

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) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. Monitoring will involve deployment and regular retrieval of a series of substrate mats in the mid Columbia River, particularly where sturgeon eggs have been collected in the past. Mats are deployed and retrieved by boat. Once a mat has been lifted from the river it is immediately placed into a tray with circulating river water while it is being searched for eggs. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species.

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