Notice of permit

Regional or Local Number: 17-PCAA-00005

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. 17-PCAA-00005 is issued.

Activity affecting the species is incidental to the carrying out of the activity

The purpose of the activity is early detection surveillance sampling for Asian carps. Sampling is planned for near shore and tributaries throughout the Canadian waters of the Great Lakes basin. A total of 36 early detection sites have been selected in the Great Lakes basin. Combinations of sampling gears are deployed at each site in order in target all life-stages of Asian carps. A community assessment of the fishes present in the areas is collected. Field sampling techniques include a combination of passive and active fish sampling gears. A combination of gear types has proven to be the most effective method for detecting the majority of fishes in a specific habitat type.

Start Date: 2017-04-06   End Date: 2022-11-30

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • Ontario

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: All methods proposed for this research have been developed with the care and consideration for the potential of encountering fish species at risk during sampling. The proposed gear types are all non-lethal sampling methods developed to aid in the release of all captured fishes. There are currently no other alternative methods that could prove successful for capturing fishes in such an efficient manner. The impacts to all fish species and habitat are minimal. b) Measures to minimize impact: The following measures will be used to mitigate impacts: 1) The use of coarse mesh gill nets, hoop nets, and trammel nets, to minimize the likelihood of capturing small non-target fishes; 2) Net sets with gillnet and trammel net will be limited to less than an hour to also help minimize the likelihood of fish mortality due to entanglement and prolonged capture time; 3) Electrofishing settings will be adjusted to minimize the amount of power applied to fishes, while maintaining sufficient sampling success; 4) Fishes will be transferred to aerated live-wells following capture, to minimize the stress prior to release; and, 5) In cases of very high abundance, captured fishes may be sub-sampled to minimize handling time, and allow for quicker release time. DFO staff members are all trained in the proper handling of fishes to minimize mortality for all sampled fishes. DFO staff is trained in the proper sampling techniques to minimize the amount of sampling required for the project deliverables. All fishes, including species at risk, will be quickly identified, measured, photographed and released. c) Effects on survival and recovery: The Asian Carp Early Detection Surveillance Program does not directly target SAR fishes during sampling. The focus of the surveillance sampling is on the targeted sampling of Asian carps. Sampling gears and techniques have been selected to minimize the impacts on fish and fish habitat. SAR fishes are identified, measured, photographed, and immediately returned to the area of capture. The project will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species at risk encountered in this project. Few or no mortalities are anticipated and no habitat is expected to be impacted as a result of the proposed activities.

Contact Person(s)
Mr. Martyn Curtis
Regional Manager, Species at Risk Program
Freshwater Institute, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
501 University Crescent
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N6
Tel: 204-983-4223
Fax: 204-983-5192