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Regional or Local Number: DFO-PAF SARA 153

Notice is hereby given that pursuant to the provisions of section 74 of the Species at Risk Act licence no. DFO-PAF SARA 153 is issued.

Scientific research for the conservation of the species

Authorized representatives of the Fisheries Agency, Ministry of Agriculture, Forest and Fisheries, are licensed to collect photographic identification, video tape and line transect sighting surveys to aid in the research and recovery of these species at risk by determining abundance estimates.

Start Date: 2012-08-02   End Date: 2012-08-31

Issuing Authority: Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Authority Used:

  • Species at Risk Act
  • Fisheries Act

Location of Activity (province, territory or ocean):

  • British Columbia
  • Pacific Ocean

Affected Species:

a) Alternatives: Short-term close approaches to cetaceans are required for photo-identification and abundance studies. Line transect surveys and photo identification are minimally invasive methods that have been in use for decades without any adverse effects. There are no less invasive alternatives. b) Measures to minimize impact: Engagement time is limited to 60 minutes per day per whale or group of whales. Behavioural monitoring will be ongoing and the encounters will be terminated if any indication of disturbance is witnessed. c) The activities will not jeopardize the survival and recovery of the species. These activities are expected to aid in the recovery of marine species.

Contact Person(s)
Marine Mammal Program, Pacific Region
Suite 200
401 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC
V6C 3S4

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