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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SAR-2008P-027

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SAR-2008P-027 is issued.

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

The Marine Animal Rescue Society (MARS) strives to assist all live whales and dolphins in distress by deciding, based on careful assessment, the best course of action. Action may involve rescue and return to the water. If an animal is injured or is in a condition where death is inevitable, euthanasia may be considered as an option. The work will also involve the retrieval and examination of carcasses of marine mammals or sea turtles that strand on the shores of Nova Scotia. Necropsies will determine cause of death whenever possible.

Start Date: 2008-07-11   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):

  • New Brunswick
  • Nova Scotia
  • Prince Edward Island

Affected Species:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on the species or its habitat. MARS only deals with animals that are in distress and in that, without assistance, have a high probability of dying. Thus the work will be of benefit to the species in question. b) The effect of research activities on the species and its habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. MARS is run by experienced cetacean scientists who have extensive experience researching marine mammals. They participate in international training programs to ensure they have the most recent expertise and equipment for dealing with marine mammal strandings and rescue. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. Any rescue work carried out by MARS will enhance the recovery or survival of the species in question.

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