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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SECT 08 SCI 073

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SECT 08 SCI 073 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The objective of this study is to compare the behaviour and physiology of Cottus aleuticus collected from Frosst Creek with Cottus sp. collected from Cultus Lake. Minnow traps will be set along the bottom of Cultus Lake (between 30-40m depth). Live fish will be transported to the University of British Columbia, where they will be placed in tanks and maintained at a controlled temperature.

Start Date: 2008-10-15   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:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on fish or fish habitat. The likelihood of encounters with pygmy sculpin using minnow traps is low to medium, as the catch efficiency of the traps is quite low. Any pygmy sculpins that are caught (up to 30 specimens) will be removed from the habitat to the lab, and will not be returned to the wild, due to the possibility of disease transmission. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. There will be no impact on the habitat, as the traps are either suspended above or rest on the bottom, and are removed after 24 hours. Any extra fish will be immediately returned unharmed to the lake. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Pursuant to section 83(5)(f), the authorized person(s) are entitled to possess the captured Cultus pygmy sculpin and keep them captive at UBC beyond the duration of this permit.

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