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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 043

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 043 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species
Activity necessary or beneficial to the species

The project has two goals: a crayfish depletion project to look at the effects on sticklebacks and their habitat, primarily macrophyte growth in the lake. Stickleback sampling: to estimate relative abundance (limnetic /benthic/ hybrids), size, and general condition of the population.

Start Date: 2008-06-19   End Date: 2009-03-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

Affected Species:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. An intensive minnow trapping campaign will be carried out to capture crayfish. Sticklebacks may be incidentally caught, but will be released immediately alive and unharmed to the lake. Stickleback will be trapped by minnow traps in pre-determined sampling sites. All fish will be ‘wet-photographed’ and released quickly back to the lake. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. There will be no disturbance of stickleback habitat. The likelihood of harm to fish is very low. Sticklebacks by nature are resilient, but all care will be taken to provide sufficient fresh water and oxygen and minimize physical handling. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The activities will not jeopardize survival or recovery of the species, but are designed to provide information essential for its recovery. Pure-form Enos Lake sticklebacks exist in captivity, and may be used to re-introduce the species to the lake if conditions for their survival can be re-established. This work is to establish the baseline necessary for those determinations. The procedures are designed for zero mortality of individuals.

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