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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SAR-2008P-029

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SAR-2008P-029 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 work consists of rehabilitating the natural streambed of the West River. Some of the water flow has escaped the river bed since 2001, flowing in shallow, poorly defined; sometimes dry channels to the Shepody River. Gravel deposition is blocking the flow. This results in low water flow and poor fish habitat conditions in the West River. This project will involve reconstruction of the stream channel and accompanying accumulation zones to control gravel deposition. Gravel deposits will be removed. The new channel will include riffles and pools, conforming to DFO’s requirements for fish passage. Once the new channel is restored, fish will be ‘rescued’ by removing them from standing pools and other unsuitable habitat areas in the original waterway. They will be caught using standard electro fishing techniques and moved a short distance downstream to the restored waterway.

Start Date: 2008-09-18   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):

  • New Brunswick

Affected Species:

a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on the species or its habitat. Standard commonly used electrofishing techniques will be used by qualified personnel. Inner Bay of Fundy Atlantic salmon are unlikely to be in the area and thus unlikely to be affected. b) The effect of research activities on the species and its habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. This project are part of a HADD Compensation Project agreed upon by both the New Brunswick Department of Transportation and DFO. The channel rehabilitation will significantly improve the fish habitat. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. IBoF salmon are not expected to be encountered. The improvement of fish habitat in the West River may benefit the species over the longer term.

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