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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 021

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 021 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The primary work is surveys for fish assessment to monitor the status and characteristics of juvenile and adult fish species and communities. The work will cover both the summer index gillnet survey in nearshore waters and the fall index trawl surveys in nearshore and offshore waters.

Start Date: 2008-05-01   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. Summer: Field collections involve setting index gill nets at randomly selected grid locations, weekly from early June to late August. The fish catch will be identified, enumerated, and biomass measured. Subsamples of the catch will be returned to the lab for measurement of biological characteristics (length, weight, sex / maturity, presence / absence of tumours / lesions, tags/marks, scales/bone structures will be removed for age determination). Fall: Inshore sample collections will be made weekly during September and October. Each catch (onboard survey vessel) will receive a level of species identification and sorting. Large coarse fish and SAR species if present will be numerated and returned to the lake. The remaining catch will be returned to the lab for detailed identification, enumeration / biomass, and biological sampling. Offshore sample collections will be made weekly during October. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Probability of encountering listed species is very low. There has been 1 Eastern Sand Darter reported since 1988 and no reports of the other species included in the permit. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. All SAR species, if encountered, will be immediately released. If SAR are accidentally killed they will be preserved and forwarded to the Royal Ontario Museum. A report identifying all species caught by site (including number, date captured, latitude, longitude) will be sent to the regional coordinator and any specimen vouchers and field sheets will be sent to the Royal Ontario Museum.

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