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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SAR-2008P-024

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SAR-2008P-024 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species
Activity necessary or beneficial to the species
Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

The research team will conduct trawl surveys for plankton and for nekton – fish, squid and large crustaceans - in the Gully Marine Protected area for approximately ten days in August and September. Trawl gear is designed to sample target species at depths of 1300m and 2500m. This is a continuation of work conducted in 2007. Multi-year sampling is needed to characterise the habitat in The Gully, to support management of the protected area.

Start Date: 2008-07-15   End Date: 2008-09-30

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Nova Scotia

Affected Species:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on the species or its habitat. The methods may present a low risk of collision or entanglement with whales but reduced tow speeds and monitoring for whale presence will reduce the risk even further. b) The effect of research activities on the species and its habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. The research team has extensive experience conducting this kind of research survey. Survey trawl lines are carefully defined and will be undertaken over approximately ten days only. This is a renewal of a licence held for similar work last year. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. The project will contribute to the understanding of the critical habitat of the northern bottlenose whale, which in turn will support the recovery of the species. The potential benefits far exceed the potential harm from these research activities.

Contact Person(s)
Fisheries Management – Maritimes Region
Bedford Institute of Oceanography, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
1 Challenger Dr.
PO Box 1006
Dartmouth, NS
B2Y 4A2
Tel: 866-891-0771