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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 037

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 037 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The primary objectives of the juvenile sturgeon detection program are to: Conduct spawn monitoring (egg mat sampling); Monitor movements (using a fixed receiver array) to assess seasonal habitat use and spawning site selection; Monitor post-hatch larval development and condition, behaviour, growth and survival of juvenile sturgeon; Determine early life stage distributions over time; locate free embryo hiding habitats, and define the parameters of these habitats; Relate free embryo habitat quality to variations in discharge from upstream.

Start Date: 2008-06-30   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. A substrate egg mat array will be placed to monitor the timing of spawning events. In river post-hatch juveniles will be sampled using D-ring drift samplers. Acoustically tagged adults and juvenile sturgeon will be monitored by the stationary receiver grid already established. Habitat descriptors will include depth, surface velocity estimate and turbidity/Secchi depth, substrate, cover and water quality. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. The proposed research methodology is designed to minimize mortality. The expected benefit to the population through improved recovery planning is expected to outweigh any harm to eggs and larvae. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. This work is required under the terms of a Water License order issued by the B.C. Comptroller of Water Rights under the B.C. Water Act. The project addresses problems of recruitment failure of the population.

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