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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 038

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 038 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The primary objectives of this monitoring program are to assess: the presence of white sturgeon in the area; whether natural sturgeon recruitment has occurred; the habitat associations of white sturgeon in the area. The study will be undertaken over 3 years to allow collection and analysis of data. The information will be used to evaluate the suitability of the area as a recovery/failsafe area for white sturgeon

Start Date: 2008-06-05   End Date: 2011-03-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. The monitoring program will consist of surveys for juvenile and adult white sturgeon in potentially high use habitats. Standard techniques for capturing sturgeon will be used, and recommendations from the public will be sought to help direct sampling effort. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Sturgeon will be measured for fork length, total length, snout length, and girth, and weighed. Fish will be marked with scute removal and tagged with a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag for population estimation. A DNA sample will be taken from a fin tip. Fin-ray samples will be collected to determine if recruitment is occurring. Ultrasonic tags will be applied via surgical insertion to sturgeon of a suitable size. Acoustic loggers will be positioned to track movements and potential habitat use. Measurements of physical parameters will include: water temperature, water depth, turbidity, substrate, water surface conditions, velocity, weather. All sites will be located and identified by GPS. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. There are no confirmed sightings of SARA listed species in the area. If any sturgeon are captured, the likelihood of mortality is considered to be low. Sampling will be stopped if undue harm is noted. No permanent effects on the habitats of species are expected. Expected benefits to the population through improved recovery planning is deemed to outweigh any incidental harm to individuals.

Contact Person(s)
Director
SARA Directorate
Department of Fisheries and Oceans
200 Kent St.
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0E6
SARA/LEP.XNCR@dfo-mpo.gc.ca