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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 027

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 027 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The objective of the research is to determine the factors that have lead to hybridization of the stickleback species pairs. Laboratory experiments will be carried out to understand the impact of crayfish on limnetic and benthic nesting behaviour and success. Experiments in cattle tanks will be conducted to determine the potential role of macrophytes in spatial segregation and reproductive isolation of the species pairs.

Start Date: 2008-05-14   End Date: 2009-12-31

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. Individuals for the experiments will be removed from one area of one lake, using minnow traps and seines. To prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species and disease organisms, all sampling equipment (traps, seines, boats, boots, etc.) must be sterilized using appropriate methods prior to moving gear from one lake to another. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Disturbance will be minimal, beyond the removal of the individuals required for the experiments. Fish in excess of those required will be immediately released. The permit holder must receive approval from the relevant Animal Care Committee to carry out the experiments. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The captures are within the guidelines of the Recovery Team for non-game fresh water fish lethal sampling. Disturbance to other individuals of the stickleback species pairs will involve only incidental capture while trapping fish with minnow traps and seines. Knowledge gained is expected to provide long term benefit for all sympatric species pairs.

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