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Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: SAR-2008P-034

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. SAR-2008P-034 is issued.

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

Description:
This project is an environmental impact assessment for the construction of a proposed natural gas pipeline that will be drilled horizontally to pass under the Pollet River and four of its tributaries. Electrofishing will be used to conduct a fish population survey. All salmonid species captured will be weighed and measured while non-salmonids will simply be tallied. All fish will be returned immediately to the river.

Start Date: 2008-10-17   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

Affected Species:

Pre-Conditions:
a) The selected collection methods have minimal impact on the species or its habitat. Electrofishing is a common and standard technique for fish surveys and is not expected to impact the species or its habitat. Temporary disturbance to the habitat may occur while researchers walk in the watercourse but this is not expected to impact the habitat. b) The effect of research activities on the species and its habitat is minimized by use of approved research methodologies. One crew will conduct the electrofishing while another crew processes the captured fish. This minimizes handling time and associated stress to the fish. c) The research is not expected to jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. It is unlikely that adult salmon are in the Pollet River and if they were, the timing of the survey would not interfere with spawning activity. Some iBoF salmon encountered are likely to have been released as part of the Live Gene Bank program. Thus this population survey will help understand the dispersal and abundance of the hatchery-reared fish as well as wild stocks.

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
Speciesatrisk.xmar@dfo-mpo.gc.ca