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Regional or Local Number: DFO-15-PCAA-00024

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 73 of the Species at Risk Act permit no. DFO-15-PCAA-00024 is issued.

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

The objective is to sample Round Goby for both behavioural and genomic assays. The source site will be St. Claire River near Sarnia, where the Round Goby was initially found and assumed to be the first longest established site. The established sites will be the river mouths and the invasion fronts will be determined by methods from Bronnenhuber et al. (2011).

Start Date: 2015-07-01   End Date: 2015-10-30

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 The Maitland, Saugeen and Thames rivers were chosen specifically because they were established with Round Goby at different times during the invasion process and continue to be invaded by this species. The specific sampling areas were extrapolated from a study by Bronnenhuber et al. (2011) which identified the location of the invasion front. Thus, sampling time and effort will be focused in these specific areas to minimizing sampling effort and reducing the likelihood of capturing at-risk species. Alternative methods were considered and disregarded because they would not achieve the objective of the activity. The sampling methods chosen have been well established to capture fishes in the environment of this activity. b) Measures to minimize impact The field crew is experienced in the humane handling of captured fishes, to minimize harm. All SARA-listed species will be returned to the watercourses from which they are collected. It is anticipated there will be very low to zero mortality from the chosen sampling techniques. c) The activities will not jeopardize survival or recovery of any species at risk. These at-risk species are readily identifiable and will be returned unharmed to each watercourse where they are captured. Sampling will be restricted in time and geographic area and will only occur at each location twice this year.

Contact Person(s)
Melanie Toyne
Regional Manager, Species at Risk Program
Freshwater Institute, Ontario and Prairie Region, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
501 University Crescent
Winnipeg, MB
R3T 2N6

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