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Regional or Local Number: DFO-PAF SARA 178a

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-PAF SARA 178a is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Authorized representatives of DFO will carry out opportunistic satellite tagging of adult Basking sharks in order to provide information on their seasonal movements/migratory patterns. The ultimate goal of the activities is to assist in the recovery of the Basking shark by informing critical habitat studies.

Start Date: 2010-07-08   End Date: 2013-07-07

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia
  • Pacific Ocean

Affected Species:

(a) all reasonable alternatives to the activity that would reduce the impact on the species have been considered and the best solution has been adopted: • Tagging is the only method available for obtaining migratory data for such a species; given that studies have shown this has no negative impacts to sharks, tagging has been adopted as the best solution for achieving the objectives. (b) all feasible measures will be taken to minimize the impact of the activity on the species or its critical habitat or the residences of its individuals: • There is little chance of negatively impacting or harming the shark during the tagging procedure, given that the location of tagging on the body of the shark is far from any vulnerable organs. • Tagging must follow strict protocol regarding distance from sharks, duration of tag placement, and use of approved equipment. • Application of tags will be done only by trained researchers. • No impacts to habitat are anticipated. (c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: • Activities are anticipated to aid in the recovery of this species.

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