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Regional or Local Number: DFO-PAF SARA 349

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-PAF SARA 349 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Authorized representatives of Fisheries and Oceans Canada will carry out opportunistic biosampling on incidentally captured Basking Sharks in order to collect information about the species. The ultimate goal of the activities are to assist in the recovery of this species by collecting data on population structure, life history characteristics, diet and feeding characteristics, contaminant analysis and reproductive hormone analysis.

Start Date: 2014-10-16   End Date: 2017-10-16

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia

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: • Impacts on the listed species are unlikely. • There are no alternative methods for obtaining the desired information. (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: • The live release of any Basking Sharks incidentally caught will be the top priority. • Biosampling will be prioritized so that the sharks can be released at any point, with the most important measurements and sampling taking precedence over measurements/sampling lower on the list. • Procedures will be employed that have been used on many occasions in the past by other researchers and that have been shown to have no detectable negative impact on other elasmobranchs species. • Gear that has been used previously for sampling this species and has been shown to have no detectable negative effects will be used. • Only trained researchers or trained at-sea observers carry out the biosampling. (c) the activity will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species: • The activities will not jeopardize the survival or recovery of the species. • Sampling will occur only incidentally, and priority will be given to the live release of any Basking Sharks.

Contact Person(s)
Nicole McCutchen
Species at Risk Regional Manager
Pacific Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
200-401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4
Tel: 604-666-0395

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