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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 041

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 041 is issued.

Purpose:
Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Description:
The project is part of an on-going seasonal collection of baseline environmental data in south eastern BC. Fish inventories (one survey in spring, summer and fall) will be conducted on representative reaches (a total of five locations) of three watercourses. Sampling sites will include those designated as water/sediment quality sites and lower trophic sites, but also will include a number of additional sites to facilitate fish habitat characterization throughout the study area.

Start Date: 2008-06-19   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):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. Seasonal habitat surveys will be conducted according to accepted standards and will focus on identifying habitat usage for key life stages (i.e., spawning, rearing, over-wintering and migration.) Fish will be captured using backpack electrofishing and minnow traps. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Captured fish will be held only long enough for identification, enumeration, visual heath assessments, weights and various measurements. In addition, water quality and habitat related samples will be collected. In situ water quality measurements will be taken at each water quality sampling site and fish and fish habitat sampling location. Electrofishing is anticipated to have low impacts to fish habitat with minimal substrate disturbance due to wading. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The fish will be released back into recovery habitat (pool/backwater) of the stream near its capture location. The inventory timing will not coincide with spawning or sensitive rearing of fish larvae. Sculpin will be returned to the stream area where they were captured. There is a low likelihood of harm to fish or habitat.

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