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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: PAC SAR 85

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. PAC SAR 85 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

The objective of this study is to determine noise effects, from both natural and anthropogenic sources, on the vocal behaviour of Southern Resident killer whales. The data will help address issues of auditory masking and the impact of anthropogenic noise on the use of sound for foraging and communication in free-ranging killer whales.

Start Date: 2008-05-01   End Date: 2011-12-31

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. • Minimum approach distance to killer whales is 50 metres for behavioural and acoustic monitoring and identification purposes. • Minimum approach distance for all other cetaceans is 100 metres. • Engagement time is to be limited to 60 minutes per day per whale or group of whales. b) The effect of research activities on fish and fish habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. Close approaches to may cause short term behavioural disturbances but the low number of approaches do not warrant concern for long term impacts. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. In the event of an incident of a significant disturbance, injury or death to any marine mammal, DFO shall be notified immediately and all activities suspended.

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